Charles Barkley, fully Charles Wade Barkley

Barkley, fully Charles Wade Barkley

American Professional Basketball Player and Television Analyst

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Poor black people are in great shape. Black people use duct tape for everything. You break a chair, use duct tape. Your pants rip, use duct tape. You tear your ACL, use duct tape! -- Barkley, on the nation's warning to the public to buy duct tape.

The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.

We don't need refs, but I guess white guys need something to do.

Yeah I regret we weren't on a higher floor. [After throwing a guy through a 1st floor window in a bar Charles was in front of the judge. Judge: Your sanctions are community service and a fine, do you have any regrets?]

You want to talk to me? I guess it's not like you have a team to cover.

I don't hate anyone, at least not for more than 48 minutes, barring overtime.

I never would say a player stinks. Ever. I'll tell you their team stinks, and first of all, they know their team stinks. And the fans know their team stinks.

I'd have played against him (Len Bias) for the next 14 years. I would have been in my prime and he would have been in his. I'll never forget what he looked like. He was a 'Wow!' player. When Maryland played and was on television, I watched. It was like, 'I need to watch this guy; I'll be seeing him real soon.' . . . It was just shocking. Thing is, cocaine was huge then. My brother had been in and out of rehab a few times. . . . It was a popular drug at the time. And guys I was playing against, like John Lucas and Michael Ray Richardson and John Drew had done cocaine. I was thinking: 'What the hell is up with this cocaine? I should try this once to see what it was all about.' Then, we heard the reports were that Bias only used it once . . . that it was his first time. When I heard that, it scared me to death . . . scared the daylights out of me. It scared me into not trying it even once, not going anywhere near it.

In between arrests they do community service. [On the Portland Trail Blazers serving Thanksgiving meals]

Man, everything gets blamed on the Clintons, every single thing in this world. I think Bill Clinton shot JFK, too.

Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.

The only guy who can stop Kobe Bryant is the guy who we get down on our knees and pray to every night.

We?re in high def, we don?t have our black and white photos anymore.

Yes, they did. It was easy because I was the only black person there. When they see me walking down the street they say 'There he goes again'. And when I come back the next year they say 'He's back yawl!'

You're the boss, Ernie. The white guy's always the boss.

I don't know anything about Angola, but Angola's in trouble.

I play ghetto golf -- I talk the whole time.

I'd never buy my girl a watch... she's already got a clock over the stove.

It ain't like we're curing cancer or anything, we're watching basketball.

My family got all over me because they said Bush is only for the rich people. Then I reminded them, 'Hey, I'm rich'.

Poor people have been voting for Democrats for the last fifty years... and they are still poor.

The zoo crew? Must be a petting zoo. [On the Timberwolves' bench, nick-named 'The Zoo Crew']

We?re not all supposed to think alike.

You can talk without saying a thing. I don?t ever want to be that type of person.

I don't know what that gas is made of, but it can't smell any worse than Ernie Johnson 's gym bag.

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American Professional Basketball Player and Television Analyst