Tag:Charles Barkley
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:30 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 5:38 pm

Players come to Gregg Williams' defense

Then-Jags defensive coordinator Gregg Williams signals a play during training camp in July 2006. It was a simpler time.  (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was summoned to the NFL's Manhattan headquarters Monday to discuss further the league's findings that the Saints (where Williams was the defensive coordinator from 2009-2011) had a "pay for performance" bounty program that rewarded players for injuring opponents.

Williams issued an apology Friday, hours after the the news broke, and in the hours and days since everybody has weighed in on the matter. Oft-fined and once suspended Steelers linebacker James Harrison tweeted Sunday: “We’ll see how concerned the NFL is about player safety when they decide what the punishment for the saints is. I’ll just say this, if that was me I would have been kicked out of the NFL!”

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Later that day, Harrison retweeted this from teammate Ryan Clark, who played for the Redskins when Williams was the coach there: "Never in my career has a defensive coach singled out a player and put $ on his head. I've never been offered $ to put a player out of a game."

During a Monday appearance on ESPN, Clark finished his thought (via PFT.com): ‘If you knock out this guy we will give you a certain amount of money for it.’ Whether it was my head coach Joe Gibbs, whether it was Gregg Williams, I was never, ever approached to take a guy out. …

“If these things are going on, you speak up while they’re happening,” Clark said. “If you’re in a meeting and a coach comes in and says, ‘Hey, No. 16, whoever he is, if you knock him out of the game we’re going to pay you x amount of dollars.’ Then you blow the whistle then and say, ‘Look, I’m not going to be a part of this. If we continue to do this, I will report it.’ To me, that’s making a statement, that’s making a stand and that’s being loyal to all the players in this league.”

Another former Redskins defensive back, Fred Smoot, also came to Williams' defense.

“First of all I want to correct everybody,” Smoot said Monday after calling into 106.7 The Fan (via the Sports Bog). “It was never a system. And let me tell you something: this was a thing that I think started in training camp with us as players. It started off with who could get the most interceptions, who could get the biggest hit or who could get the sacks, and we took it into games."

NFL rules prohibit monetary incentives for interceptions and sacks, too. Although Williams probably wouldn't have been sitting in commissioner Roger Goodell's office Monday if that's all he was accused of. Smoot continued:

“Gregg never said take out this player or take out this player," he said. "But I’m sorry, back when I played football, we used to actually hit people. It was legal to go out and hit people. And we wanted to be the most physical team, and we wanted to inflict pain, but in no way possible did we ever want to go out there and endanger anybody’s career or take somebody truly out of the game....

“It was more or less we would start a pot in the defensive backfield of who could get the most forced fumbles or who could get the most interceptions, who could do that. It was never a bounty; it was more or less a pot that all of us players put in. Gregg never put in a dime. Gregg never came in and said do this, do this, do that. We did that ourselves, as a way to kind of pump each other up to go make more plays.”

Smoot admitted that he understood why the league might frown upon bounty programs but reiterated that “I never saw anyone paid for knocking someone out of the game. Did we as players put in pots to make plays, what we called the Big Splash Plays Pot? Yeah, we did that. WE did that. Players. That started by the captains on the team…."

Smoots remarks runs counter to a Washington Post report from Friday. Mark Maske wrote that three former Redskins players "described a coach (in Williams) who doled out thousands of dollars to Redskins defenders who measured up to Williams’s scoring system for rugged play, including 'kill shots' that knocked opposing teams’stars out of a game. 'You got compensated more for a kill shot than you did other hits,' one former player said. Compensation ranged from 'hundreds to thousands of dollars' with the biggest payout thought to be $8,000."

Wherever the truth lies, things could end badly for Williams. And to a lesser extent, New Orleans head coach Sean Payton, who had knowledge of the reported bounty program, and the Saints' organization.

If it's any consolation to Williams (and we can't imagine it is but we're including it here for completeness), Weight Watchers spokesman Charles Barkley is appalled by former players anonymously ratting Williams out.

“You have to be a punk to snitch that out,” Barkley said during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show. “That’s like giving a reporter an anonymous quote. That makes you a punk, if you do anonymous, but also, you don’t bring that out X amount of years later. I mean you don’t compete in it if you don’t want to be in it. But I’ve seen at least three or four well-known NFL players say all teams have bounties. So I’m glad they came to Gregg Williams’ defense. Because I’m pretty sure all teams have that.”

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:04 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 7:05 pm

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl?

Sir Charles should've bet that the first score of the Super Bowl would be a safety. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

It's too bad Charles Barkley didn't bet that the first score of Super Bowl XLVI would come by way of a safety. It would've offset the $100,000 he eventually lost.

During a radio appearance before the game, Sir Charles explained his decision to put 100 large on New England.

“I’m a big believer in ‘In God We Trust,’ and I trust in Belichick, bro," Barkley said via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "I’m going with the New England Patriots. … I’m almost changed the plane to go to Vegas because I wanted to get the 2.5. … Three scares the hell out of me.”

Barkley was also asked about a host of prop bets, none of which he got right (though he pushed on two!), and predicted a final score of 31-17, New England.

"I tell you, I don’t think it’s going to be close," he said. "As quiet as it’s kept, New England had the worst defense ever to make the Super Bowl, but if you look back at the playoffs, they’ve been one of the best defenses in the playoffs and I think that’s going to continue.”

Well, Chuck was right about one thing: the Pats' defense wasn't the reason they lost. It was some combination of Justin Tuck, Tom Brady and Wes Welker.

Barkley weighed in on the second biggest storyline of Super Bowl week, too: Peyton Manning, who appears to have played his last game for the Colts.

“My first opinion is I don’t think Peyton Manning should play football again. You’re talking about a neck," Barkley said. "I know he’s got a couple young twins. I don’t think he should play football at all. But I think the Colts have got to let him go. You can’t pay two quarterbacks. First of all, the team’s not going to be very good next year, to be honest with you, so why would he want to play on a bad team?”

And that's a question we could very well be asking when Peyton signs with the Dolphins or Redskins. The answer, obviously: they paid him a ton of money.

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Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:01 am

Barkley Postgame Translator App rips NFL coaches

"So many postgame interviews are full of nonsense and they are just boring."(Getty Images)

By Will Brinson

Last night, Charles Barkley hosted Saturday Night Live, for the third time in his storied career. Most of the skits, predictably, were hits but a couple were misses.

Not a miss? "Charles Barkley's Postgame Translator App," which was a mock advertisement for an iPhone app that lets Barkley break down what coaches and players are saying after games.

Mike Shanahan, Bill Belichick, Andy Reid and Rex Ryan are all subjects of a little mockumentary.

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Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:08 pm

Barkley to Bears on Tebow: 'Stop the madness'

By Will Brinson

Remember when we told you that some NFL players appeared to be getting sick of all the Tebowmania that Tim Tebow is Tebowing causing across the country? They're not the only ones, apparently.

Charles Barkley, NBA analyst, speaker of his mind and noted yeller of outlandish things, went on the radio in Chicago and made a plea to the Chicago Bears to "stop the madness."

"I want to make a personal plea to Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, Mr. [Julius] Peppers, please stop the madness," Barkley said Friday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I'm just so tired ... I like Tim Tebow. He seems like a good kid, and I wish him success, but I am Tebowed out. So this is my personal plea for you three guys, please stop this madness."

Barkley also said he believes Tebow's only getting run in the media because people like to argue about whether or not Tebow is a good quarterback. (Or something like that.)

"It's clearly a media-drive story," Barkley said. "They just want you to argue about Tim Tebow. Dude, let the kid play. If he can play, good. If he can't play it will show. But to have this argument every single day after five or six games is just ridiculous."

This is probably somewhat true; Tebow creates discussion and he definitely pushes pageviews. But there's also a reason he does those things. And that reason is, well, that no one really knows. I mean, everyone knows about Tebow and everyone has an opinion about Tebow, but no one's opinion is right.

Cam Newton had the same thing happen to him before the NFL Draft. People couldn't stop debating about whether or not he could be successful in the NFL. Once he started performing at a high level, that debate died down significantly.

Tebow, on the other hand, is winning but doing it an unconventional manner, and with a non-controversial lightning rod of a personality to boot. Because of that, people are confused, flummoxed and fired up enough to debate his success in the league.

It's not like this a phenomenon specific to football -- perhaps Chuck should ask non-NBA fans what they thought about the pummeling everyone took when it came to Miami Heat coverage in 2011.

But at least we can all agree on one thing (or, half of one thing) that Barkley had to say.

"I wish him luck," Barkley said. "But if I don't ever hear the words Brett Favre or Tim Tebow again it won't be enough."

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Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 12:32 pm

Barkley: Those busted for PEDs are idiots (VIDEO)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’ve discussed recently when, where and how the NFL is going to start testing for human growth hormone -- our colleague Mike Freeman has done an especially nice job with the reporting of this topic -- and in response, Showtime’s Inside the NFL crew welcomed Charles Barkley to a roundtable discussion about HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs.

It’s an interesting talk that you can see in the video below, and the always-outspoken Barkley makes some strong points.

“Any player who gets busted using performance-enhancing drugs is just an idiot,” he said. “No. 1, it’s illegal. It’s wrong. But if you get caught now, you know it’s coming. I mean, it would just make you an idiot.”

And more!

“Let me tell you something: when I saw that last week that they’re going to start testing next week, (I thought) there wasn’t a chance in the world. Some of those guys are cheating, and the union is going to protect them. They’re not going to let them start testing for HGH next week.”

And if you click the video, you get this nugget from Warren Sapp when he says his teammates who used steroids stood out “like a turd in a punch bowl.” So, you should probably click the video.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 10:23 pm

Barkley: NFL'ers acted 'inappropriate' on Cutler

Posted by Will Brinson

Charles Barkley isn't scared to give a good quote, so you know someone was going to ask him about Jay Cutler.

That happened on Tuesday, and Barkley, unsurprisingly, took a quotable stance.

"I was mad at the players, to be honest with you," Barkley said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show." "I think it was inappropriate and wrong to question a guy's heart. Now reporters, they're going to do what they want to. They're entitled to their opinion. But as players, I don't think it's appropriate to question another guy's heart."

Barkley also said the Twitter commentary "crosses the line" and he also bashed Maurice Jones-Drew because the Jaguars running back missed the last two games of the season and yet was "really the first guy who crucified Jay."

What Barkley probably wasn't aware of, though, is that Jones-Drew received death threats from fans who were angry of his criticism toward Cutler. (This is, by the way, possible proof that the rhetoric in America is Looney Toons across the board.)

But Barkley also beefed a little toward Cutler, saying he was "disappointed that he wasn't standing by" Caleb Hanie during the game. Hanie said that Cutler was encouraging and helping him and whatnot, but that's not what the world saw.

The logical thing, then, would be to bring this puppy full circle by criticizing someone who's criticizing the people who were criticizing Cutler's performance on Sunday. But, frankly, the story's too played out at this point (plus, I just hate death threats) to warrant yelling at Barkley.

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