Barkley admits gambling addiction

In a recent interview with ESPN, 11-time NBA all-star Charles Barkley revealed that he has a gambling addiction.

Whenever Barkley holds an interest in a subject, you better believe his voice will be heard in the media. And in the light of recent comments by golf pro John Daly over his gambling addiction, Barkley’s remarks shouldn’t come as a surprise.

During the interview, Barkley’s comments were almost strange and contradictory and he almost gave viewers the impression that he wants to quit, but can’t.

“Do I have a gambling problem? Yeah, I do have a gambling problem but I don’t consider it a problem because I can afford to gamble. It’s just a stupid habit that I’ve got to get under control, because it’s just not a good thing to be broke after all of these years,” he added.

“It’s unfortunate that it has become a story, because I was asked an innocent question about John Daly and I said ‘I understand, gambling is a bad habit,'” Barkley said during halftime of TNT’s coverage of Game 5 of the Pistons-Bucks series. “I’m going to continue gambling. I like to gamble. It’s really nobody’s business, because it’s my own money, I earned it.

A bad habit is biting your nails. A bad habit is cursing too much. Gambling large sums of money regardless of if you can afford to lose it isn’t a bad habit it’s an addiction.

Barkley gave similar back and forth comments like the ones up above throughout the entire interview. He essentially was stating over and over that he has a problem, yet he doesn’t, because he’s rich and he’s having fun.

The fortunate part is that he understands that he has a problem. On the flip side, however, it’s the same old Charles we have known to love (or hate) who tells the world to buzz off because he’s going to do whatever he wants to do.

Barkley has estimated his overall gambling loss is “probably $10 million.” He also commented that he needs to work on betting “only” a thousand dollars a hand, instead of $20 thousand a hand.

Whether it’s alcohol, drugs or gambling, an addiction is an addiction and this sounds like a major addiction. Hopefully for him, somebody can get through to him before the situation spirals out of control.

If it hasn’t already, that is.

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