It’s no secret that Charles Barkley has never been afraid to speak his mind, and couldn’t care less what anybody thinks about it.
The NBA legend is known for going on some wild rants, like when he called all of the people boycotting Bud Light for using transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney in a campaign “redneck a**holes,” and calling our politicians “awful” people after the NCAA announced they want to get politicians involved in NIL.
Of course, those are just a couple of several examples.
With that being said, Barkley is speaking his mind once again, but this time he’s talking about the Alabama Crimson Tide. Incase you didn’t know, Barkley played college basketball at Auburn, and if you know anything about college sports, Alabama and Auburn are bitter in-state rivals.
Barkley made an appearance as a gust on ESPN when Auburn basketball was playing USC on Sunday, and had some rather bold words to say about his rival school.
He initially praised Alabama football coach Nick Saban, saying:
“You know how much I love (Alabama) coach (Nick) Saban and Alabama. I mean I don’t like Alabama. I like coach Saban…”
But of course, he wont’ be cheering for the Tide in the College Football Playoff:
“To be honest with you, I’m really looking forward to the playoffs. I have zero idea who is going to win those two games because we have four elite teams. I’m gonna be watching.
I can’t root for Alabama under any circumstances. I love coach Saban. He’s been great to me, but I can never root for Alabama under any circumstances. I told you, if they played Afghanistan, I’d be pulling for Afghanistan.”
I mean SHEESH. That’s some serious hate right there, but if you’ve ever been to Alabama for an Auburn or Crimson Tide sporting event, it all makes sense.