Charles Barkley rips state of college athletics: ‘It’s a travesty and a disgrace’

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Charles Barclay On Sunday he made it clear that he’s not a fan of the current Name, Image and Example (NIL) system that sees groups essentially paying players to join their school’s programs.

Barkley, a current NBA analyst on Turner Networks and college basketball analyst during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, appeared on “60 Minutes” and didn’t mince words when talking about the current state of college sports.

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Former Phoenix Suns player Charles Barkley is present at the footprint center.

Former Phoenix Suns player Charles Barkley is present at the footprint center. (Mark J. Rebellas – USA Today Sports)

“It’s a travesty and a disgrace,” Barkley said of College Basketball Today. “I’m so mad right now how can we screw up something so beautiful.”

“In the next three to five years, we’ll have 25 schools that are going to dominate sports because they can afford players, and those schools that can’t afford players or won’t pay for players will be irrelevant.”

The Basketball Hall of Famer came under similar criticism last week after CBS’s Greg Gumbel and Clark Kellogg gave an interview to New NCAA PresidentCharlie Baker, on his plans for the NIL and college athletics.

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February 20, 2022;  Cleveland, Ohio, USA;  NBA player Charles Barkley was honored for being selected to the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team during halftime at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

February 20, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NBA player Charles Barkley was honored for being selected to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team during halftime at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. (Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports)

Baker said he plans to talk to lawmakers in Washington about not being obstructed and allowing politicians to participate. Working with politicians was precisely what Barclay dealt with.

“Did he say we’re going to ask politicians to help us? Look, that’s already stopped. Our politicians are horrible people. Like I talked to Clark earlier because I asked him about your conversation, I actually will.” [like to get] People who really care about basketball.”

“I’d like to put a committee together. I’d like Clark to be on the committee. Get some coaches, get some players and let’s try and work this out. We can’t ask these politicians for anything. These people are terrible. Democrats and Republicans – they’re all crooks.”

Former basketball player Charles Barkley of the Auburn Tigers after their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neville Arena on March 4, 2023 in Auburn, Alabama.

Former basketball player Charles Barkley of the Auburn Tigers after their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neville Arena on March 4, 2023 in Auburn, Alabama. (Michael Chang / Getty Images)

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Baker was named NCAA president in December.

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