Charles Barkley

American basketball player

Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963, in Leeds, Alabama) is a former American basketball power forward. A current resident of Arizona, Barkley is commonly nicknamed Sir Charles and occasionally The Round Mound of Rebound. Barkley was named Most Valuable Player of the NBA in 1993. In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Barkley won the Olympic gold medal with the U.S. Dream Teams in the 1992 and 1996 Games. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

I'm not a role model.


Oklahoma is nothing but vast wasteland.
  • I am not a role model. I’m not paid to be a role model. I’m paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.
    • Series of Nike commercials
  • At the time of this comment, the NBA team then known as the New Orleans Hornets (now the New Orleans Pelicans) was playing in Oklahoma City following extensive damage to New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.
  • I don't know anything about Angola, but Angola's in trouble.
  • I was going to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized that I have no character.
  • 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.
    • Verified on Late Late Show Oct 22 2004
  • Anytime a fan touches you, you have the right to beat the hell out of him.
  • 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.
  • Only poor people go to jail.
    • From interview on Jim Rome show
  • You can't start a diet in the middle of the week, that's just stupid.
    • From The Jay Leno Show, November 2009
  • It's great to be hosting SNL again. I hosted sixteen years ago. Back then I was in great shape, I was coming off an MVP season with the Phoenix Suns - now, I play bad golf, drink, sometimes I get arrested.
    • From Saturday Night Live, January 9, 2010
  • I can't screw up Alabama... We are number 48 in everything and Arkansas and Mississippi aren't going anywhere.
  • Poor people have been voting for Democrats for the last fifty years... and they are still poor.
    • Attributed to Charles Barkley in Walter W. Moore's Wise Sayings (2012), p. 89
  • If you’re gay, bless you. If you’re transgender, bless you. If you have a problem with that, f--- you!
    • TikTok video quoted in censored form by FoxNews] (July 17, 2023)
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