Charles Barkley is well known for his gambling habit, so it’s no surprise to learn that he lost money betting on the Packers-Seahawks game on Monday night. He also has little tolerance for nonsense, so it’s no surprise to hear that he was ticked about losing money on a bogus call.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been this mad in my entire life. I got robbed [Monday] night,” Barkley said during an appearance on “The Mike Missanelli Show” on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia Tuesday.
“I’m just angry. I love to gamble, I can live with winning and losing, but I don’t ever want to get jobbed like I did [Monday] night. I’m going to give you a quick synopsis. Everybody is going crazy over the catch, but I got screwed on the roughing the passer, I got screwed on the pass interference, I got screwed on the interception and I found out today that they actually have a real official in the replay booth who could’ve overruled that? I got screwed four times and that makes it even worse.”
Barkley also blasted the league for not caring about the fans.
“You think the guys that play with the replacement officials are concerned about the fans or the integrity of the game? These guys are all about the cash bro,” he said. “These guys don’t care about the fans! They used replacement players! This notion that these owners are worried about the integrity of the game, I’m like, wait a minute, a few years ago they used replacement players. You think they’re worried about replacement referees? You think you’re going to get an Aaron Rodgers off the street? Or Tom Brady off the street? They got players off the street to play football and the players came across the picket line.”
Barkley wouldn’t say how much money he lost on the game, but he did confirm it was “five figures.” What I wouldn’t give to be next to him as he saw his money go up in flames. There are few things in life more entertaining than a gambler melting down after losing money, and there are few people more entertaining than Charles Barkley. It would be the perfect storm.