Nearly 30 years after leaving Auburn, Charles Barkley still embraces the rivalry with Alabama.
So much so that he went on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Thursday evening wearing a bloodied bandage around his head. When host Ernie Johnson asked Barkley what happened, Barkley gave the perfect deadpan answer.
“Ernie, you’re not gonna believe this,” Barkley said to Johnson. “Being the Auburn guy that I am, I wanted to be first class. I went down to the University of Alabama to congratulate the Crimson Tide on winning a BCS Championship and I got mugged. I got mugged in Tuscaloosa, Ernie, and my credit cards are missing.”
Earlier this week, four Alabama players were arrested and charged with second-degree assault after allegedly assaulting two different people and taking one’s computer and the other's student ID that was later used to buy snacks. Two of the Alabama players were charged with fraudulent credit card use.
Kenny Smith called Barkley an “Alabama hater” and asked him to “leave them kids alone.”
Barkley replied: “Oh, it’s my fault they buggin’ people?”
Barkley is known for his antics and this stunt was no surprise. There aren’t many opportunities for Auburn fans to pick on Alabama these days, so Barkley has to capitalize on his chances.
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