Charles Barkley in Full SwingPublished June 2, 2009 by OCR Editor
Former NBA superstar reveals all in telling interview.
"Legends of the fall" is certainly not a term that Charles Barkley is likely to surrender to anytime soon. The NBA hall-of-famer and TNT basketball analyst has confirmed that while he has endured some difficulties of late, he has things firmly under control.
Barkley made headlines in 2008 when it was revealed that he had paid off a staggering $400,000 in gambling debts to Wynn Las Vegas casino for four $100,000 casino markers he had accepted to gamble with. The story put the brakes on his aspirations for a political career, but Barkley has roared back to the limelight amidst a flurry of candid interviews with ESPN and confessions.
For 25 years the name Charles Barkley has been synonymous with excellence and integrity. He remains a man whose opinions are revered and whose expertise are sought after. Now that Barkley has admitted to indulging in alcohol - sometimes even driving under the influence - his adoring fans have largely exculpated him from wrongdoing.
No gambling for now
Barkley admits that gambling has been a big part of his life to date. Following his debt repayment of $400,000, he has gone cold turkey with gambling. He has alluded to the possibility that he may well roll the dice in the future, but for the past year he has stayed away from the casinos. Regardless, he openly admits that he likes to gamble.
Taking up golf
Now that he's given up drinking and driving, Barkley admits that he enjoys driving of another kind - on the golf course. In July 2009 he is expected to show off his improved golf game at Lake Tahoe's resort where he'll be attending the 20th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. Despite his golf game being in tatters, he feels he can still turn a head or two.
Regarding his gambling, he intonates that it was the fact that he was regularly losing that upset him. But he openly admits to missing placing bets on the football games - something he feels he's likely to do in the near future. Punters have already placed 499-1 odds on him at the celebrity golfing event, perhaps Barkley may even place a surprise wager on himself?