Charles Barkley is a proud father, but the TNT analyst didn’t see any place for his kids at postgame press conferences. So when asked to pick sides in the strange controversy surrounding Steph Curry bringing his daughter, Riley, to a postgame presser the former pro said he agreed with critics.
“Reporters are there trying to do their job,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a big deal but I would prefer [players] not bring their kids, reporters are trying to do their job.”
Barkley is notably in the game working with reporters now, but as a player he said that wasn’t something he ever would have thought of. “I would have never brought my daughter to a press conference personally, but I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”
Barkley’s TNT coworker Shaquille O’Neal took an opposite stance. The problem, he said, is people running out of things to talk about on air. “If that man want to bring his baby to the office,” he said, “he can.”
Source: USA Today Sports | Nina Mandell