SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt examines the latest example of the NBA being a league that encourages its players and coaches to speak up and use their platform, this time in the aftermath of the riots at the Capitol building. USA TODAY

Charles Barkley believes professional athletes, including NBA players, should be among the first to 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.” 


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