During a rain delay at the beginning of the second half of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks, NBA on TNT host Charles Barkley had some pointed comments regarding the city of San Francisco and its homelessness and dirtiness problems.
While American Airlines Center in Dallas dealt with a roof leak that caused the playing floor to get wet, Barkley took the opportunity to call out San Francisco.
He began, “You know the bad thing about all this rain? It’s not raining in San Francisco to clean up those dirty a** streets they got there.”
“San Francisco, you know, it’s a great city, but all that dirtiness and homelessness, y’all got to clean that off the streets,” he added.
When the producer cut to a shot of Chase Center in San Francisco, Barkley retorted, “No, no, no. No, no, no, it’s not. You go three blocks over. Go three blocks over by our hotel. Go three blocks over by our hotel.”
He then asserted, “It’s raining so darn down here, San Francisco needs a good washing. That place — well that’s the good part of San Francisco. Unfortunately, TNT put us in the bad part of the city.”
Charles Barkley @NBAonTNT : “You know the bad thing about all this rain? It’s not raining in San Francisco to clean off those dirty ass streets. It’s a great city. But all that dirtiness & homelessness — y’all gotta clean that off the streets…San Francisco needs a good washing.” pic.twitter.com/Hm8H4Sh7r8
Barkley’s not wrong about the homelessness problem in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle claims “the latest estimates of homelessness range from 8,000 to more than 19,000.”
The total population of San Francisco is estimated at 884,108 people. On the high end that’s over 2% of the city’s population being homeless. On the low end, it’s shy of 1% of the city’s population.
The homelessness issue has also increased in recent years. The San Francisco Chronicle notes that PIT data that shows the homeless population is just over 8,000 people in the city increased 17% from 2017 when it recorded around 6,800 people were homeless.
Another data set, the city’s own Healthy Streets Operation Center, claimed there were over 537 tents and structures in the city as of March 2022. That was a 41% increase from April 2019.