Charles Barkley sounds the alarm on online gambling

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While playing in the NBA, Charles Barkley argued with a host of other high-profile players – and got tangled up with Godzilla. He has also continued this tradition more recently via his role as color commentator. But his latest feud has a more abstract focus – and finds him sounding the alarm about a rapidly growing part of the sports world.

To put it succinctly: Charles Barkley is preoccupied with gambling.

Barkley voiced his concerns while speaking to members of the press ahead of the American Century Golf Tournament earlier this week. “We have people in the stands betting on who is going to make the next free throws. Think about it,” he said. “If I was a bastard, I’d look at a guy in the stands, a friend, and say, ‘Yo, I’m going to miss those two free throws.’ Now that’s cheating.

As ESPN noted in its article on Barkley’s remarks, Barkley himself has made high-profile bets and worked as a celebrity ambassador for FanDuel. In his pre-tournament remarks, he made it clear that he was concerned with the scale of the game rather than the practice itself.

“I’m afraid you can sit in the stands and make bets now in the middle of a basketball game,” he said. “But, like I said, the toothpaste came out of the tube and I don’t know how to put it back.”

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