NBA legend Charles Barkley is objectively one of the primary reasons why TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’ is widely regarded as one of the two or three greatest sports shows of all time.
Barkley’s candor and humor drives each and every episode, and all the other people at the table with him feed off that.
Recently, however, Barkley has noticed a shift in what he is or isn’t able to say.
And that has rubbed him the wrong way.
During a recent appearance on 106.7 The Fan, Barkley went into great detail about how “politically correct people” are attempting to wreck his extremely successful show.
As a result, Barkley suggested he is only planning to work for two more years.
“You can’t even have fun nowadays without these jacka***s trying to get you canceled and things like that,” Barkley admitted.
“Just having fun, talking about sports. I’m trying to hang on for another couple years until I’m 60, and then they can kiss my ass. I’m only working until 60. I’ve already told them that. … We can’t even have fun anymore. We’ve had fun all these years, and now all of a sudden in the last year and a half, everybody’s trying to get everybody fired, and it really sucks.”
Barkley is currently 58 years old. So that would mean he’s only going to stick around for two more years.
“Nobody’s watching this game,” Barkley continued, attempting to explain why he goes out of his way to try and be entertaining sometimes.
“Our relatives (are) not even watching this show after this. And then, so about 1 o’clock, you’re like, ‘Man, I’m going to say something just to have some fun.’ But like I said, now you really have to think about all the fun stuff you used to say.”
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A big part of the issue, according to Barkley, is that a lot of his bosses are “cowards” and kowtow to cancel culture-powered pressures.
Barkley has always spoken his mind, so none of this should come as a surprise. Whether he is explaining who is to blame for the Boston Celtics’ failures this year, naming the two most important players in NBA history, or opening up about his beef with Kevin Durant – the Hall of Famer always keeps it real. It’s extremely refreshing, especially considering the current media climate.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.