WEEKEND Sports stars slam San Francisco over crime, homelessness

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco‘s bad rap as a city overrun with criminals, addicts, and the homeless has led to big business, residents, and tourists looking for the exit ramp.

Now, its lengthy list of problems is being blamed for driving away professional athletes considering signing with the city’s professional sports teams.  

The Northern California hub has been getting hammered by former NBA star-turned-sportscaster Charles Barkley who has been asked to rein in his smack talk but has refused to pull punches about the conditions. Barkley, never one to be shy about his opinion, recently went on an anti-San Francisco rant after it was announced the city would host the NBA All-Star Game in 2025.

FILE – In this June 24, 2019, file photo,
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