Charles Barkley is a retired professional basketball player turned television personality who is well-known by the nicknames ‘Sir Charles’, and ‘The Round Mound of Rebound’. His loud, controversial, highly opinionated and dominant personality made him one of the most popular figures in NBA (National Basketball Association) history.
Over the course of his 16-year-long basketball career, he became the fourth player to accumulate 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists. Many more of his achievements earned him the title of one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist as a member of the United States men’s basketball team. After retiring, he has embarked on a long run on television as an NBA analyst on the TNT network, while also making an impact in pop culture.
Charles Barkley was born on the 20th of February 1963 in Leeds, Alabama. As a young child, he showed exceptional athletic ability. He played basketball while in high school and performed so exceptionally that he caught the eye of Auburn University scouts who eventually successfully recruited him.
While in Auburn, Barkley earned several honors, including the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year (1984). His hulking figure and contrasting swiftness on the court earned him the nickname ‘The Round Mound of Rebound’. Following his junior year, he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1984 NBA draft.
As an NBA player, Charles Barkley single-handedly kept his team relevant during his eight-year run with them, further becoming the unspoken leader of the team due to his vocal and dominant nature. At the time, he was the most quoted player in the NBA and it always seemed that people waited for what trouble he would cause next. He was quoted as saying, “I don’t create controversies…I just bring them to your attention.”
One of the most controversial incidents in the life of the athlete happened on March 26, 1991. During a game in New Jersey, Barkley inadvertently spat on a little girl missing his intended victim, a fan who had been harassing him with racial slurs during the game. The incident earned him a one-game suspension without pay and a fine of $10,000. Barkley was severely humbled by the incident and stated that it made him realize that he was overly intense during games and wanted the win way too much. He reportedly later became friends with the little girl and her family.
Later that year, Charles Barkley was traded to the Phoenix Suns and he led the team through many victories, including almost defeating then giants the Chicago Bulls, which was the team of legend Michael Jordan. In 1993, he led his team to the NBA finals and won the MVP award.
Throughout his time with the Suns, Barkley suffered different injuries that somewhat limited his abilities. He later stated that he would be retiring in 1996, however, he kept on playing and was traded to the Houston Rockets where he eventually retired in 2000.
Upon retiring Charles Barkley singed on with the television network TNT to do a talk show titled Listen Up!. He is currently an NBA analyst for the TNT segment Inside the NBA alongside Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, and the show’s host Ernie Johnson.
The former athlete is also an author. His publications include Outrageous (1992), Sir Charles (1995), I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It and Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man? both published in 2002 and 2005 respectively. In 2008, he was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Charles Barkley Family – Wife, Daughter
Charles Barkley is married to Maureen Blumhardt. The pair met each other by chance at a restaurant in Pennsylvania where Maureen worked as a legal assistant for a non-profit organization. The two then entered into a relationship that was kept out of the media until they were married years later. They got married in 1989 and welcomed their daughter Christiana in the same year.
Maureen Blumhardt, who was born in New York in 1960, is a businesswoman, philanthropist, and former model. She is an honorary member of the Fresh Women’s Foundation, a charity organization that promotes the empowerment of women through education and jobs.
The couple’s daughter, Christiana Barkley, graduated from Villanova University, Pennsylvania before enrolling at Columbia’s Journalism school. She keeps a pretty private life both on and off social media, thus little is known about her besides her being the daughter of a famous former basketball player.
Charles Barkley’s estimated net worth of $40 million does not really come as shock given what we currently know about the former pro basketball heavyweight. During his 16-year-long NBA career, he earned an estimated total of $40.3 million in just salary. If you factor in his earnings from endorsement deals with brands like McDonalds and T-Mobile among others, you would see why that figure could have possibly been way higher.
Unfortunately, thanks to his self-admitted gambling problem through which he reportedly lost a whopping $10 million, his net worth has come down to where it is today.
Height and Weight
We already expect every basketball player to be tall, and Charles Barkley does not disappoint as he stands at an imposing 6 feet 5 inches (1.98 cm). The former athlete, who now weighs about 251 lbs (114kg), may have packed on a few pounds since his ball-dribbling days on the court. He no longer sports toned arms and abs like he used to, but he still is easy on the eyes by any standards.