Kendrick Perkins has been an analyst since retiring from the NBA in 2018. Perkins has had some terrible takes live on air, which makes him entertaining.
However, his recent claim that MVP voters have racial bias towards Nikola Jokic has been heavily slammed by fans and former players.
Perkins recently got into a heated debate with ESPN co-analyst and fellow former NBA player JJ Redick regarding the topic. The one-time champ believes Jokic, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki won the MVP award because they are white.
However, Redick blasted Perkins for calling Jokic a stat-padder and implying that MVP voters are racists.
“What we just witnessed is the problem with this show, where we create narratives that do not exist in reality,” Redick said. “The implication, what you are implying, that the white voters that vote on NBA are racist, that they favour white people, you just said that.”
After his heated debate with JJ Redick, Kendrick Perkins defended himself on Twitter and clarified that he’s not a racist. Perkins stood by his terrible take and noted that he only spoke facts. He also pointed out that Draymond Green called him a “c**n” last year
However, fans quickly jumped on Perkins’ Twitter post and roasted the ESPN analyst. Many called out Perkins for his terrible take, while others just made fun of him with memes.
Here are some of the comments and memes regarding Perk’s racial bias take:
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Charles Barkley also blasts Kendrick Perkins for his MVP take
TNT analyst and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley also blasted Kendrick Perkins for his terrible take on the MVP voting. Barkley recently appeared on Denver’s 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio and called Perkins’ remarks one of the stupidest things he’s ever heard.
“A lot of these guys, when they get on TV and stuff, they’re like, ‘Well, I’m on ESPN. I got to say something provocative,'” Barkley said. “And you know the thing about it, you’re always gonna get some fools out there. You guys probably get some fools calling in agreeing with him.
“We can talk about race as much as you want to as long as you’re going to be fair and honest. But to slander this man (Nikola Jokic) in this situation is just total BS. … This crossed a line. JJ is the only person to challenge Perk last week. I’m glad he did it, because when I first heard it, I said, ‘Man this has got to be one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard.'”
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