Looks like Chuck is hanging it up.
NBA legend Charles Barkley is generally regarded as one of the most likeable analysts in the basketball world, mostly because of his colorful commentary. Long story short: he’s funny.
However, some of those “colorful comments” have gotten him in trouble in the past, particularly when he referred to San Antonio women as “big ole women” while he was calling a Spurs game, and also calling the University of Georgia “the only school in the world where they named their mascot after the women down there.”
But according to him, his bosses have already told him more than once to cool it with the jokes, and now, he’s over it. In fact, he says it’s all they talk about behind the scenes.
So now, according to AL, 58-year old Barkley is going to retire when he turns 60, citing “cancel culture” as one of the causes:
This is what he had to say to WJFK 106.7 The Fan in Washington:
“A lot of our bosses are cowards. I said context matters, they said context doesn’t matter…but now, if you crack a joke the wrong way, they’re like, ‘Oh, no, no, no, you crossed the line.
I mean, they won’t even let me talk about San Antonio anymore when I’m always talking about their big ole women down in San Antonio. They’re like, ‘Charles, we got one lady wrote an article.’ I’m like, ‘First of all, I didn’t call anybody personally fat in San Antonio; I was just joking around.’
We’ve been having fun with this for probably 10-15 years and you’re gonna let one lady? I mean, we go to San Antonio; the people are having a blast with it. The people in San Antonio had t-shirts made up.
You can’t even have fun nowadays without these jackasses trying to get you canceled and things like that.”
It appears that the censoring has driven Barkley to the point of near retirement as well:
“I’m trying to hang on for another couple of years until I’m 60 and they can kiss my ass.
I’m only working until 60. I’ve already told them that. I’m not working until the day I die. That’s just stupid. And if I don’t have enough money by now, I’m an idiot. They should fire me anyway.
But that’s all we ever talk about behind the scenes like, ‘Yo, man, be careful going in this direction.’ I’m like, ‘Yo, man, we can’t even have fun anymore.’ We’ve had fun all these years and now all of a sudden in the last year and a half, everybody is trying to get everybody fired and it really sucks.”
So there ya have it, the man is getting tired of not being able to say what he wants to say. It’s gonna be rough in the next couple of years, though.
He’s hands down one of the most entertaining basketball analysts in the game.
He also recently gifted $1,000 dollars to every employee of his hometown school district in Leeds, Alabama. So at the end of the day, he might have a big mouth, but he definitely has a big heart.