Charles Barkley has said plenty of outlandish things on basketball broadcasts, but it isn’t often he stops his cohosts dead in their tracks.
He managed to do just that on Friday, however, when he delivered a harrowing revelation about his time at Auburn.
Barkley was talking on a panel that included Kenny Smith, Clark Kellogg, and Ernie Johnson about “back in his day,” when he “took a shower” in his uniform.
“There’s so much stuff that goes into this,” he said. “Shoutout to all the trainers also. And the guys who do all the uniforms to get these uniforms cleaned up and everything. I’m so old, we used to take a shower in our uniform because, you know…”
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Kenny Smith’s reaction is the best.
Charles Barkley: “We used to take a shower in our uniforms…”
“It’s just easier to clean that way.”
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Smith saying “in no era” that incredulously is why this crew is so popular on “Inside the NBA.”
The exchange reads almost like an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” thereafter, as Kellogg and Smith patiently try to explain to Barkley that “you can clean your uniform without showering in it” before Barkley reveals the truth: “It’s easier to do it that way.”
In other words, this isn’t an era thing. This is a Charles Barkley thing.
It is true basketball is extremely different from Barkley’s era. Players have a lot of amenities players in the 1980s didn’t, including chartered flights and NIL deals. One thing both eras had, however, was laundry.