Charles Barkley: ‘There Were Only Ever 3 Straight NBA Players’
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CHICAGO — During Monday’s pregame broadcast, TNT basketball analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley confirmed that there have been only three straight players in the history of the league: himself and two of his former Phoenix Suns teammates. “So there was me, obviously, Kevin Johnson, and I’m pretty sure Dan Majerle was mostly straight,” said Barkley, adding that Wilt Chamberlain had sex with at least twice as many men as women. “George Mikan, Michael Jordan, Jerry West, the entire Detroit Pistons roster under Chuck Daley, Chuck Daley, James Worthy, which is a no-brainer once you meet the guy, Derrick Coleman, and everyone else—all card-carrying friends of Dorothy. I’ll say this, if you want to see gay in all its glory, enter an NBA locker room. There is no more gay-friendly place on earth.” Barkley’s controversial statement comes on the heels of another incident just two days earlier, when Kevin McHale, upon being asked about Joakim Noah’s use of an antigay slur, responded by passionately kissing TNT commentator Kenny Smith until the channel broke to commercial.