Former NBA legend and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley stated Tuesday morning that in the event of a lockout he’s strongly considering donating his analyst salary to charity. Barkley made the comment on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000, as part of a longer discussion on the lockout.
“I haven’t told anybody, but I’m actually — believe it or not — I’m leaning toward donating it to charity,” he said according to ESPN Chicago. “I don’t think it’s cool for me to take money I haven’t earned.”
While he hasn’t been taking sides in the conflict, some of his comments today suggests a bit of sympathy for the owners. “We’ve been in a recession for basically three years,” he said. “I think it’s disingenuous to think all these owners, with as much money as they’ve been paying, haven’t been losing some money. I don’t know the answer to [whether they've lost as much as they claim].”
The charity donation wouldn’t be entirely unexpected for the former superstar. Barkley has a long history of charity work and donations, namely supporting “Stand Up To Cancer,” and even was filmed going in for a colonoscopy to support the cause.
Chuck’s reasoning in giving his paychecks away: he says he doesn’t feel comfortable taking a paycheck for doing nothing. Some of these non-retired athletes should follow suit.