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Charles Barkley Took Money From Agents in College, Doesn’t See the Issue

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.”

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Pat Riley Calls Out Charles Barkley

Miami Heat President Pat Riley is sick and tired of people already bad-mouthing his dream team — especially Charles Barkley.  While Riley has remained quiet to this point and allowed fans, coaches, and analysts to call out the Heat and their new Big Three, it appears he may have reached the boiling point.  In an interview with the Sun-Sentinel on Friday, Riley called out Charles Barkley for saying LeBron James’ one-hour ESPN special was a “punk move.”

Charles Barkley, to me, went way over the top,” Riley said. “I think Charles is probably the only guy in the league that can get away with what he gets away with.

“Calling these guys a bunch of punks is a personal attack. LeBron isn’t that. Dwyane is not, and neither is Chris.”

Considering Barkley can say whatever he wants and flip off cameras and somehow keep his job, Riley has a point.  But that’s just Charles being Charles, and someone like Riley should be used to that by now.  He didn’t stop at Barkley, however.  The former Heat coach went on to call out another former Heat coach, Stan Van Gundy for saying he didn’t know why players want to become a “lap dog” to Dwyane Wade.

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Charles Barkley Flips Ernie Johnson the Bird with Middle Finger on TNT

TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley seems to be as bulletproof as it gets when it comes to broadcasting leeway. The guy called his producer a p***y on-air a year ago and seemed to have escaped without repercussion. In November, he pulled off a stunt where he whitened his face to resemble Sammy Sosa — an act that would get most people fired under grounds of offensive actions. Charles is such a loose cannon that he’s earned the ability to offend people and say crazy things without any recourse. His personality is part of what makes him great but also what gets him into trouble. His latest offense — sticking his middle finger up at Ernie Johnson and flipping him the bird on live TV — crossed the line. Here’s a video of Chuck flipping off Ernie (description of the incident below if you can’t watch):

In their studio pre-game show, the analysts were discussing the Lakers’ road struggles (they went 2-3 on their road trip). They showed a picture of Kobe Bryant’s injured finger when discussing the Lakers injuries. Barkley interrupted Ernie Johnson by saying Kobe’s finger injury was not unusual and that every NBA player has crooked fingers from getting them jammed all the time. Ernie asked to see Barkley’s fingers for proof and naturally Barkley lifted his middle finger to Ernie, flipping off the entire audience watching on TNT. EJ admitted he should have known it was coming and immediately recognized that Barkley had done something wrong. He tried to get Barkley to cover his butt by saying “April Fools” but Barkley had no remorse.

I love Barkley’s honesty and analysis on TNT but that’s inexcusable behavior for someone on live TV. I have no doubt that there are lots of young kids who were tuned into watch the Mavs and Magic and saw that. Inexcusable.

Thanks to Jose3030 on twitter for the video.

Charles Barkley Sports a Poncho and Sombrero for Latin Night

TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley went all Ochocinco on us by sporting a poncho and sombrero during a sports contest. Ocho did it following a touchdown but Barkley did it to celebrate something else. Thursday night was Latin Night in Chicago for the Bulls/Heat game debacle, the 13th of 15 such games around the NBA as part of an initiative to recognize the NBA’s Hispanic fans. TNT decided to switch things up and send their usual studio crew of Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Charles to broadcast the actual game. Their typical antics were about the only thing that could have maintained fan interest during the blowout. For instance, in the first quarter of the game, Barkley busted out with a poncho and sombrero to pay his stereotypical respect to Latinos. Here’s a picture via NBAonTNT:

Because I was also watching the tourney games at the time my attention was divided, but I do believe Chuck may have sampled some chips and salsa too. We definitely know from Inside Trax that the gang was served some Chicago-style pizza courtside but I can’t confirm if any chips and salsa eating took place. Leave it to Chuck to bring some entertainment to the game like usual. That dude is a freaking side show.

Charles Barkley Manages to Garner Public Support Despite a DUI

DUIs are no laughing matter. I can think of two members of the sports world who have killed people through their drunken driving. But even after committing a bad crime like driving drunk, Charles Barkley still managed to take the focus off his arrest and gain points from the public with his humor. The man known for always speaking his true feelings told this to the police (the following is from the officer’s incident report)

“[Barkley] told me that he ran the stop sign because he was in a hurry to pick up the girl I saw get in the passenger seat.

[Barkley] asked me to admit that she was ‘hot.’ He asked me, ‘You want the truth?’ When I told him I did he said, ‘I was gonna drive around the corner and get a b**w job. He then explained that she had given him a ‘b**w job’ one week earlier and said it was the best one he had ever had in his life.”

While being processed Barkley told a civilian Gilbert PD employee, “”I’ll tattoo my name on your ass” if he helped “get him out of the DUI.” According to the report, “He laughed and then quickly corrected himself and said, ‘I’ll tattoo your name on my ass’ and then laughed again.”

I’m having a hard time not scolding Barkley for his arrest, but I can’t help but laugh about this story. Barkley going to get a BJ and that’s why he couldn’t obey traffic laws. The guy’s like a teenager all hyped up on testosterone. And how about that mug shot? Classic, huh?

Charles Barkley Pounds Tequila Like a Freakin Champ

Credit HG at You Been Blinded with the incredible find of Charles Barkley slamming this bottle of Patron tequila. Apparently the video was taken at the Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, where Chuck was not long ago for a celeb golf tournament. Like so many things in life, Chuck attacked the bottle of tequila with full zeal. Check it:

Between this video and the MJ calling out Kobe video, HG’s solidifying himself as the top YouTube miner in the blogosphere. Now my only question to you is, which is more impressive, Chuck, or this:

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Charles Barkley the Benevolent: Pays for Busboy’s College Tuition

So recently we may have given Chuck a tough time for his unwavering opinion of the paparazzi, though he is partially right about them. I mostly stayed away from his gambling stuff because well, let’s be honest, I used to hit up an online sportsbook, too. Yet for all the negative reporting about Chuck, he did do something pretty incredible for which he deserves notice. Chuck paid for the college tuition of a busboy at an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia that he frequents. From the Philly Daily News:

[Christian Abate]‘s worked as a busboy for eight years at Saloon (750 S. 7th), where he struck up a friendship with one generous regular at the Italian restaurant who volunteered to pay his Temple tuition.

During a visit to Saloon last summer, Charles Barkley asked Abate how he was enjoying teaching, and was disappointed to learn that Abate had still not returned to Temple because of problems securing financial aid. Abate, 28, of South Philly, started at Temple in 1997, months after graduating from St. John Neumann High.

Sir Charles told Abate he would like to help him with his tuition, and Abate wasn’t sure how to respond. Barkley didn’t give him much time, telling Abate that he had the length of Barkley’s meal to decide. Abate wisely accepted.

Apparently Chuck’s really generous with his money when it comes to education, having given a million bucks to his old high school in Alabama, as well as Auburn where he went to college, and another high school in Birmingham. He may throw some of his money to waste, but at least he’s pretty benevolent when it comes to positive things like education.