Barkley: Wrong to question Cutler’s heart

And why not get the opinion of Charles Barkley on all of the drama surrounding Jay Cutler?

I’m willing to bet that never in a million years did Cutler ever think there would be a situation where Barkley would come to his defense. A life moment, if you ask me.

It turns out that Barkley was at Soldier Field for the NFC Championship Game between the Bears and Packers, and took exception to Cutler’s fellow NFL players who questioned his toughness.

“I was mad at the players, to be honest with you,” Barkley told the “The Waddle & Silvy Show” ESPN Radio in Chicago. “I think it was inappropriate and wrong to question a guy’s heart. Now reporters, they’re going to do what they want to. They’re entitled to their opinion. But as players, I don’t think it’s appropriate to question another guy’s heart.

“That crosses the line, because you don’t know. If you go back and start looking at all the stuff that’s been said, and clearly one of the more vocal critics was Maurice Jones-Drew, and then you find out he missed the last two games with a bad knee. And he was really the first guy who crucified Jay. You have to be careful, because in the two most important games of the year, he sat out with a bad knee. And then it really makes him look like an idiot now.”

Jones-Drew has since back-peddled over his initial comment, trying to clarify his remarks. At least he owned up to his words, as did Darnell Dockett and Kirk Morrison.

Barkley said if there was a fair criticism of Cutler, it was his sideline demeanor toward Caleb Hanie.

“I was very disappointed he wasn’t there trying to work with that young kid,” Barkley said. “There were a couple of shots of them on the sideline, with (Hanie) looking at pictures, and (Cutler) was just disengaged. That’s a fair criticism.”

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