Barkley did an interview with Howard Eskin on WIP in Philadelphia on Wednesday and was tremendous. The Sixers are playing a game in the old Spectrum on Friday before the building gets demolished for a huge shopping and entertainment area by all the stadiums and arenas in South Philly. Barkley spent the first 10-15 minutes of the interview reminiscing about his time in Philly with Dr. J, Moses Malone, and Mo Cheeks. He’s got funny stories about coming to Philly for the first time after never spending any considerable time outside Alabama and is still mad that the Sixers traded the rights to Brad Daugherty in 1986.
Charles then talks about his time in jail, his new golf show, and then his hatred for Rush Limbaugh. While it’s not my favorite all time interview with a celebrity recently released from jail (click here to see my favorite post-jail interview), it’s definitely up there. He even discusses if anyone tried to make Charles their boyfriend. Here are some snippets on life in Tent City for Charles:
“It was really good for me and let me explain why I say that. I was thinking I’ve been in the NBA since 1984, so we’re talking 25 years and I would conservatively estimate that I’ve been drinking 100 of those nights and I’m being probably on the bottom end of that and I’ve gotten behind the wheel of a car. So to go 25 years that many nights drinking and driving and not get a DUI, not kill someone or kill yourself, I think that was a very valuable lesson for me to learn and I’m going to use that in the future.”
“Trust me there was no chance I was going to be a flight risk.”
“Since I’ve been in the joint, what have you been saying about Rush Limbaugh. You all got to get that fat ass of f the brother, you hear me.”
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“I am so close to flying wherever he is and just punching the hell out of him. He is driving me nuts! There’s a lot of idiots out there and Rush Limbaugh has a lot of influence on people.”