Charles Barkley says athletes ‘deserve some preferential treatment’ for COVID-19 vaccination

Charles Barkley says athletes ‘deserve some preferential treatment’ for COVID-19 vaccination

January 15, 2021

Charles Barkley believes professional athletes, including NBA players, should be among the first to receive vaccines for the novel coronavirus. 

His reasoning? Taxes. 

"Three hundred million shots, give a thousand to some NBA players, NFL players, hockey players," Barkley said during Thursday's "Inside the NBA." "Listen, as much taxes as these players pay – let me repeat that – as much taxes as these players pay, they deserve some preferential treatment." 

Kenny Smith, one of Barkley's fellow panelists on the show, offered a rebuke, asking "For life and death? The amount of money you make … "

Barkley responded that his wasn't about income, but taxes — which are largely based on an individual's income and where they reside.  

"We can't go there," Smith cautioned. "I don't think you can go there." 

Charles Barkley says NBA/NFL players should jump the line and get vaccine shots because they pay more taxes than normal people pic.twitter.com/ce5y1WTTOk

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