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Charles Barkley Takes Shot At Alabama: “I Got Mugged In Tuscaloosa”

charles-barkleyCharles Barkley is a former Auburn basketball player, a television commentator and no stranger to controversial comments.  With the news earlier this week that two Alabama students had been attacked and three Alabama football players charged with robbery, Barkley took to the airwaves last night on TNT wearing a bandage wrapped around his head.

“Inside The NBA” host Ernie Johnson starts the exchange by asking him about the bandage.


Barkley: “Ernie, you’re not gonna believe this. Being the Auburn guy that I am, I wanted to be first class. I went down to the University of Alabama to congratulate the Crimson Tide on winning the BCS Championship – and I got mugged. I got mugged in Tuscaloosa, Ernie, and my credit cards are missing.”

Kenny Smith: “Oh my goodness. You’re just an Alabama hater, man. Why don’t you leave them kids alone, man?”

Barkley: “Oh, it’s my fault they’re mugging people.”


One person who didn’t enjoy that exchange was columnist Kevin Scarbinsky. “There are plenty of ways for Auburn guys to poke fun at Alabama, and vice versa, that are funny. This wasn’t one of them.”

The three Alabama players – Eddie William, Tyler Hayes and D.J. Pettway have been charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. They’ve been suspended and barred from campus pending a judicial review.

A fourth player, Brent Calloway, was also arrested Monday on credit card fraud charges but was not charged with robbery.  All four have been suspended from the team.

You can watch the video of the Barkley comments here.



Bama and LSU are both full of thugs. No way around it. The only difference is that Miles doesn't have control of his thugs on the field. At least Saban has control of them while they are playing.


I have no dog in this fight but I watched it live and thought it was hilarious. The columnist who thought otherwise must be a big crybaby.


So Bama has players arrested for mugging people, an Auburn guy makes a relatively harmless joke about it, and the Aurburn guy is classless?  Nice skewed priorities with the Bama fan base.


If Robert Horry had made a joke about Cam Newton's dad a couple of years ago, this same guy would find it hillarious.


Charles Barkley is awesome. Scarb is a Bama homer, no one outside of that state reads anything he writes. If we can't make fun of thugs that break the law, what can we poke fun at????


Hilarious Sir Charles.  Scarbinsky's opinion means nothing.  War Eagle!



 charles barkley's dad is Jesse jackson and neither one can stand a winner in the south


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