NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley played his college basketball at Auburn, where he established himself as a gifted scorer and rebounder. Thanks to his dominance in college, Barkley was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the fifth overall pick in the 1984 draft.
Barkley played three seasons at Auburn and filled up the stat sheet. Even though he gained weight on purpose so the Sixers wouldn’t draft him, Barkley played 82 games during his rookie season in the NBA and made the All-Rookie team.
Charles Barkley has racked up generational money, which is not common for a man from Leeds, Alabama. Everyone assumes the first time Barkley started making money was when he got to the NBA. However, it turns out The Round Mound of Rebound got some money under the table in college.
Charles Barkley was a stud in college
In 84 games at Auburn, Charles Barkley averaged 14.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while shooting 62.6% from the field. He won the 1983-84 SEC Player of the Year Award and was the 1984 SEC Tournament MVP.
For fans who think corruption is a new thing in college sports, they are misinformed. Money and bribery have existed in the NCAA for a long time. Star players such as Barkley are always being offered money from agents or boosters.
Barkley was content with staying at Auburn for four years since he wanted to get a college degree. Even though he ended up leaving school after his junior year, Barkley believes more players would stay in school if they were getting paid.
In 2014 during an interview with Graham Bensinger, Charles Barkley revealed the most amount of money he took under the table at Auburn and what he did with it.
Charles Barkley once got $20,000 under the table in college
Charles Barkley says he got $20,000 under the table in college once. He was able to help his mom and grandmother with some things and had spending money for himself.
“I think the most I took was like $20,000,” Barkley said. “I’m not talking about a million dollars. It made me stay in school another year. $20,000, that’s not a lot of money, but I was able to do some stuff for my mother and grandmother, and I had some spending money. OK, I’m cool. I don’t have to go into the real world or the NBA after one college season.”
You can’t blame Barkley for taking the cash. After all, student-athletes don’t get paid and are basically doing two full-time jobs (school and sports). Meanwhile, colleges are making millions of dollars off of their student-athletes.
Nowadays, male student-athletes are getting bribed to go to specific schools with money and women. Just like back in the day, they are also getting offered money from agents who want to represent them once they get to the pros.
Odds are Charles Barkley got much more than $20,000 under the table at college. He was a big attraction at Auburn and wound up being a top-five pick in the 1984 NBA draft.
Sir Charles wants NCAA players getting money from agents to be legal
Charles Barkley believes NCAA players getting money from agents should be legal, and players shouldn’t get penalized. If the colleges are making so much money off the athletes, Sir Charles believes the players should get paid as well.
Barkley also has an issue with the NCAA and its graduation rates. He talked about how players who don’t reach the pros and don’t get a college degree are doing terribly now.
Charles Barkley is actually a very smart guy. He doesn’t get credit for his intellect because he’s always saying outlandish things on Inside the NBA, but Chuck is quite intelligent.