Charles Barkley weighed in on a report that the Seattle Seahawks’ locker room is divided because quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t “black enough,” saying that blacks are “brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough.”

The NBA analyst, as always, was never anything other than outspoken on a topic that has roiled the Super Bowl champions since the trade of Percy Harvin sparked rumors about divisions within the team.

“We as black people are never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you are black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people,” Barkley said in a CBS Philly radio interview on “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis.”

Barkley wasn’t finished.

“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. It’s a dirty, dark secret in the black community.

“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success. It’s best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful. It’s just typical BS that goes on when you’re black, man.”

Last week, Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report’s NFL columnist, followed up on the Harvin trade and the perception in the Super Bowl champions’ locker room that Wilson is too close to the front office. Freeman, as did Mike Wilbon of “Pardon the Interruption,” saw that as code. “There is also an element of race that needs to be discussed,” Freeman wrote. “My feeling on this — and it’s backed up by several interviews with Seahawks players — is that some of the black players think Wilson isn’t black enough.

Freeman went on: “This is an issue that extends outside of football, into African-American society—though it’s gotten better recently. Well-spoken blacks are seen by some other blacks as not completely black. Some of this is at play.”

Wilson, Freeman noted, is perceived as not taking blame for errant passes and mistakes. But he’s hardly alone among quarterbacks there and it’s hardly a racial issue (see: Manning, Peyton). With the Seahawks at 3-3 and losers of two in a row ahead of Sunday’s crucial game in Carolina, Wilson denied that there were problems within the team.

“There’s no division in our locker room,” he said. “There’s none at all. If anything, I think we’ve continued to build, continued to grow. I truly believe that. I think that the guys that we have in the locker room, the guys that believe that we can still go 1 and 0 and still be a championship team; those are the guys that we have sitting in this room every day. Every morning when we wake up, we’re looking for one common goal and that’s to win football games.”

Jerry Brewer, the Seattle Times columnist, concluded:

Russell Wilson is black enough for me.
We don’t have a special handshake, or communicate in slang or synchronize our pimp walk. Those are just a few of the tame, lame stereotypes of African-American behavior, perpetuated sadly by our own race almost as much as non-blacks.