Charles Barkley: ‘I am not a role model’ Nike ad, "greatest thing I ever did in my life”

Air It Out: Episode #5

Charles Barkley: ‘I am not a role model’ Nike ad, "greatest thing I ever did in my life”
NBA and Auburn Legend, Charles Barkley, talks growing up in Leeds, the best players he ever faced, paying college athletes, and more. Plus, he reflects on the “I'm Not A Role Model” Nike campaign, and shares his thoughts on what Birmingham needs to do to grow.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - NBA and Auburn Legend, Charles Barkley, joins Rick Karle on the latest episode of Air It Out. Barkley talks growing up in Leeds, the best players he ever faced, fishing with his grandmother and so much more.

Below are just some of the highlights from Sir Charles on this week’s show.

The importance of basketball

“It kept me out of trouble, which is probably the greatest thing ever.”

Playing at Auburn

“One of my proudest accomplishments was getting Auburn to the NCAA tournament.”

Thoughts on paying college players

“I hate when I hear guys on television telling young black kids getting a free education is nothing…is the system 100% perfect? Not even close, there is a lot of things need to work on..."

I Am Not A Role Model’ Nike Ad

Barkley calls the ad the, "greatest thing I ever did in my life.”

“These young black kids, they are so brainwashed to think they can only be athletes or entertainers. I want them to think about being doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, firemen, policemen, things like that.”

Thoughts on the Economy

“If you got money, you’re in the game, if you don’t have money you’re not in the game. America is the greatest place in the world. But if you don’t have money in America, you’re going to be born into a poor neighborhood. You’re probably going to be going to a crappy school and they’re going to wish you good luck. And that’s really unfortunate for the greatest country in the world…and the gap is only growing. The gap between the rich and the poor has gotten so astronomical…”

What is holding Birmingham back

“If you’re not technologically sound right now, going forward, you’re not going to fit into this world. And unfortunately Birmingham has been stuck because of the politicians. They have been stuck in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s for way too long.”

He adds he likes Randall Woodfin and has been encouraged by him so far.

This only scratches the surface of the conversation with the Hall-of-Famer. Check out the episode to hear his thoughts on Donald Trump, NFL protests, Colin Kaepernick, and more.

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