For every few thousand people out there that are outraged over the idea that college athletes would accept money and gifts from sports agents, there’s one who sees nothing wrong with it at all. Marshall Faulk said he would have taken money while in college and now Charles Barkley not only says he also would have — he did.
In an interview with the Dan Patrick Show that can be heard here, Barkley said he took money from agents in college and thinks there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you pay the person back. He also thinks there was no need for Reggie Bush to give his Heisman Trophy back.
If a guy wants to borrow money from an agent because he’s poor, what is wrong with that?” Barkley said. “Nobody can tell me what is wrong with that. I got money from agents when I was in college and I went in the ’80s. Most of the players I know borrowed money from agents. The colleges don’t give us anything. If they give us a pair of sneakers, they get in trouble. Why can’t an agent lend me some money and I’ll pay him back when I graduate?”
“I’m disappointed Reggie is giving the Heisman back because these colleges are making so much money off these kids,” Barkley said. “Reggie made one mistake. He should have paid those [agents] back and this whole thing never would have happened.”