Charles Barkley admits he “got some cash from agents” in college – up to $20k
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During an interview with Graham Bensigner, the always outspoken Charles Barkley weighed in on the topic of college athletes making money and admitted that while he was at Auburn he accepted money – up to $20,000.
In an upcoming interview set to air this weekend, basketball legend Charles Barkley claims he accepted money from agents during his playing days at Auburn.
“I got some cash from agents. I’ve talked to the NCAA. I think that should be legal. I want some money too, everybody else is making money. I want to go on dates. I want to go buy myself some new suits. I want to buy myself some new sneakers, and I paid the agents back.
“Most of these kids leave school for money,” he said. “What’s wrong with an agent letting me borrow some money, so I can give it to my mom and do some stuff I want to do? He’s making me stay in school by lending me money. The bank’s going to charge me interest. He’s helping me. I understand (he wants to represent me professionally) but I think more kids would stay in school.
“I think the most I took was $20,000. It made me stay in school another year. $20,000 is not a lot of money, but I was able to do some stuff for my mother and grandmother and I had some spending money. I’m cool. I don’t have to go into the real world of the NBA after one college season.”
So it sounds like Auburn can thank this agent because if it wasn’t for him, they would have lost Charles after his freshman season. But Charles should be happy too, not just for the money, but because if he would have left early then he wouldn’t have ended up on the 76ers with his mentor Moses Malone.