Charles Barkley is an SEC guy. Really, he’s an Auburn guy, but that means that he’s plenty familiar with the conference. One thing you’re going to get from Barkley — at least most of the time — is his unfiltered content and opinions.
The man is known for saying what’s on his mind, regardless of who it offends.
Barkley’s frank talk continued at an appearance at the Regions Tradition Celebrity Pro-Am down in Birmingham, Alabama on Wednesday. During the media availability, the former Auburn and NBA basketball star was asked a football question: what does he think about the perception that there’s a sizable gap between Alabama football and the rest of the conference?
His answer? Well, in typical Barkley fashion, he replied, “That’s because it’s true.”
Charles Barkley asked about the perception that there’s a big gap between Alabama football and the rest of the SEC.
“That’s because it’s true.”
— Drew Carter (@Drewdle25) May 5, 2021
If you’re looking at things objectively, Barkley is correct.
Alabama is fresh off another national title under coach Nick Saban — for a total of six. It was also Saban’s second undefeated squad since he arrived in Tuscaloosa. Really, there isn’t just a gap between Alabama and the SEC. There’s a gap between Alabama and the rest of college football.
But some on social media still reacted in typical fashion. Barkley’s obvious observation ruffled a few feathers. One Twitter user even suggested that Alabama “raise the GPA to 3.0 and let’s see.” Folks, that’s a pretty damn funny response, but wait, there’s more.
6 points isn’t that big of a gap… https://t.co/tbDbBQxFyT
— Will Thomas (@wtsports1924) May 5, 2021
Well hey, there’s a SEC school that has been playing in bowl games, National championships, with winning seasons and NFL talent since Saban was in town and since he’s been in Tuscaloosa #GeauxTigers 💪🏾🏈🐯 https://t.co/ROG4l0gKjz
— ⚜️Z-Beaux⚜️ (@Crunk_Ratchet) May 5, 2021
Charles is low key Alabama’s biggest supporter https://t.co/n7jNCYPsvJ
— Tom Weseli (@Tom_Weseli) May 6, 2021
Man, I love college football.
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