Charles Barkley, fully Charles Wade Barkley

Barkley, fully Charles Wade Barkley

American Professional Basketball Player and Television Analyst

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While watching someone in Australia put $1 million worth of rubies on a table: Damn, must not be any black folks in Australia. You can't just leave $1 million worth of jewelry lying around the 'hood.

You know what they're saying in Cleveland? 'When do we play Golden State?' [After Cleveland suffers an embarrassing opening night loss]

I don?t create controversies. They?re there long before I open my mouth. I just bring them to your attention.

I love New York City; I've got a gun.

I?m just what America needs ? another unemployed black man.

I'm not paid to be a role model, parents should be role models.

Kids are great. That's one of the best things about our business, all the kids you get to meet. It's a shame they have to grow up to be regular people and come to the games and call you names.

One thing about being famous is the people around you, you pay all their bills so they very rarely disagree with you because they want you to pick up the check.

The AOL Brackets now Kenny! Kenny: I can log on! Charles: No you can't Kenny. They lost 54 billion today. You can't log on.

We are in the business of kicking butt and business is very, very good.

Yao Ming makes Sean Bradley look like Bill Russell. You say he's gonna get 19 points in a game? Why dont you go without eating until he [Yao] gets 19 points in a game? You'll weigh about 12 pounds!

You should be more concerned with your forehead getting bigger every year. [to Ernie]

I don?t know anything about Angola, but Angola?s in trouble.

I love Sam Cassell, he's a great guy... but he does look like E.T.

I?m not a role model.

I'm quitting this team for the Olympic swim team. I'm going to the pool as long as there are babes with no tops. You'll think I'm Mark Spitz before this week is over.

Let me tell you something, if David Wells ever outruns me, I don?t even know, I?ll do the worst thing I could ever do to myself. Boomer can?t outrun me, I?m offended. Boomer, I should come to your house and slap the hell out of you if you even dream about outrunning me. Only way he can outrun me- you know those little dog races where they put a rabbit out in front? We put a ham hock out in front of Boomer, a ham hock, a neck bone or a pig?s foot.

Only poor people go to jail.

The main thing to do is relax and let your talent do the work.

We better not be doing the Bulls this year. Man, they suck! Bunch of high school kids with $70 million contracts. Damn! I hate my mother for having me too soon.

Yeah Ernie, it?s called defense, I mean I wouldn't know anything about it personally but I've heard about it through the grapevine.

You think your parents are a pain in the ass now, but they're going to get smarter as you get older.

I don't believe professional athletes should be role models. I believe parents should be role models.... It's not like it was when I was growing up. My mom and my grandmother told me how it was going to be. If I didn't like it, they said, Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. Parents have to take better control.

I never saw them in there getting kicked in the head by Karl Malone. [On his gambling critics]

I?ve always thought if you can?t play, shut the hell up. I?ve been a big advocate of that theory.

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American Professional Basketball Player and Television Analyst