October 21, 2005


Barkley Fully Supports NBA's New Dress Code (Larry Stewart, October 21, 2005, LA Times)

Charles Barkley might not want to be your kids' role model, but he could be a role model for NBA players. And not just because he supports the league's new dress code.

Barkley was in Los Angeles on Wednesday for an appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno." Years ago, Barkley said that parents, not athletes, should be role models for their kids. But he now at least acknowledges that athletes do influence kids.

"Young black kids dress like NBA players," he said. "Unfortunately, they don't get paid like NBA players. So when they go out in the real world, what they wear is held against them.

"See, these players make $10 million to $15 million a year, so nobody cares how they dress. But regular black kids go out into the real world and how they dress is held against them.

"If a well-dressed white kid and a black kid wearing a do-rag and throwback jersey came to me in a job interview, I'd hire the white kid," he said. "That's reality. That's the No. 1 reason I support the dress code.

Here's either the Bill Cosby of the NBA or the next Governor of Alabama...

Posted by Glenn Dryfoos at October 21, 2005 11:37 AM

Next Governor of Alabama? Not a chance. For better or worse (probably worse), it's Roy Moore...

Posted by: b at October 21, 2005 11:42 AM

Charles has been talking about the gubernatorial run for years, and he's still in his early 40s -- plenty of time to build up his social conservative bonafides.

Posted by: John at October 21, 2005 12:22 PM

Sadly, Barkley is probably a Democrat.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at October 21, 2005 1:04 PM

Barkley supported Edwards in '04.

I guess now that he's not playing anymore, he thinks the players are role models after all.

That said, I love the guy.

Posted by: JAB at October 21, 2005 1:08 PM

Actually Charles has been involved with both parties. When he was with the Suns he was involved with the Republicans. When his grandmother found out she confronted him and said, "You can't be a Republican, they're for the rich people." Charles replied, "Grandma, I'm rich." Gotta love it.

Posted by: Jeff at October 21, 2005 1:18 PM

Governor Bob Riley is well-positioned for re-election, though it's still a competitive race.

Re: Barkley. He has said that, if he runs for office, it will be as an independent. He is (was) a Wall Street Republican, not a Main Street Republican, which is why he's unhappy with President Bush. But I would bet he wouldn't have supported John Kerry against most opponents (heck, in 2000 he called Al Gore a "loser").

Posted by: AC at October 21, 2005 1:22 PM

Barkley's right about Kerry.

Posted by: tefta at October 21, 2005 2:01 PM