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NBA / Mar 6, 2012 / 2:30 pm

Charles Barkley Rips “Punk” That Snitched On Gregg Williams

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley has never been one to shut his mouth. He’ll speak his mind on anything, even sports outside of basketball and the NBA. Barkley might not always be right, but you gotta respect someone for talking a side like the Chuckster does. With BountyGate becoming the larger, uglier cousin of SpyGate, you knew there’d be some backlash from both sides, and Barkley isn’t disappointing.

Courtesy of NBC’s ProFootballTalk, Barkley absolutely went OFF on the Dan Patrick Show recently:

“You have to be a punk to snitch that out,” Barkley said. “That’s like giving a reporter an anonymous quote. That makes you a punk, if you do anonymous, but also, you don’t bring that out x amount of years later. I mean you don’t compete in it if you don’t want to be in it. But I’ve seen at least three or four well-known NFL players say all teams have bounties. So I’m glad they came to Gregg Williams’ defense. Because I’m pretty sure all teams have that.”

What was actually more interesting was what Barkley said about bounties in the NBA. He admits they exist – or at least they did exist when he was playing. He remembered one particular blowout where he asked his teammates to put a hard foul on a guy trying to run up the score:

“I’m a firm believer, if a guy shoots a three, that you knock his ass as far in the stands as you possibly can,” Barkley said. “We were getting beat by 30 or 40, I can’t remember, and the guy was shooting threes, running up and down the court, and I said, ‘Hey, we’ve got to hurt that guy right there.'”

Is this all that unusual? Not at all. It happens, maybe not so much anymore since Stern started handing out pacifiers. But it still happens… at all levels too.

I remember one year in college when we played intramurals. All of my boys and I had been in the basketball program, but for one reason or another (injuries, getting kicked off, being stupid) we weren’t there anymore. Our team was so stacked we tried to put the mercy rule, which was a 30-point lead, on everyone we played. Naturally, we nearly started brawls two or three times that season because of this. Did we expect a reaction? Yeah I think so. Was it stopping us from doing it? No.

I guess what Barkley is saying is slightly different than the “bounty” problems with the Saints. But Sir Cumference did say he knew of players getting paid for this in the NBA.

“I think it was $5,000,” Barkley said on the show. “We get paid better in the NBA.”

What do you think of what Barkley said?

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  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Barkley is exactly right. This is all much ado about nothing, except to provide website hits for bloggers.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Austin Burton

    I’m sure all NFL teams have bounty systems. I heard a radio interview with ex-NFL player Bryce Fisher the other day — who played for 4-5 teams in his career — and he said pretty much all teams had systems.

    Hell, we had a bounty system when I played Little League football. If you made the hardest hit in a game, our defensive coach presented you with the “Crunch Man” jersey that next week in practice that was yours to keep.

    No, it wasn’t money. But to a 9-year-old kid, a custom jersey with YOUR name and YOUR number on the back and confirmation you were a badass on the front was almost better than money. So were kids on the team going extra hard to lay somebody out, make the crowd go “Oooooh!” and get that Crunch Man jersey? HELL YEAH we were. And maybe it did unintentionally encourage helmet-to-helmet hits, leaving your feet to make a hit, and not quite proper tackling form, but THAT’S FOOTBALL. And our defense was like the elementary school version of the ’85 Chicago Bears that year.

    The NFL is going to stand on the ground that you can’t pay players “extra” money outside of the CBA/contract setup, but that’s bull. Everybody thinks it’s all cute when a QB or a RB buys his offensive line Rolexes or cars; isn’t that just the same as a bounty?

  • http://www.livingcheapla.com hakasan

    AB typed that wearing the crunchman jersey he earned tackling 9 year olds last week…

    you left it wide open man…