Charles Barkley to Patriots fans: When Bill Belichick and Tom Brady leave, ‘Y’all team is going to [expletive] suck’
|01.12.14 at 3:11 am ET|
FOXBORO — No one in sports is more outspoken than Charles Barkley.
On Saturday night, following a 43-22 Patriots win over the Colts at Gillette Stadium, he showed again why that is while inside the Patriots locker room.
Barkley was the guest of owner Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick and the former NBA star was visiting with LeGarrette Blount, the star running back who attended a football camp at Barkley’s alma mater of Auburn University before going onto stardom at the University of Oregon.
But it wasn’t Blount’s four touchdown performance that got Barkley all fired up. No, Barkley got all fired up when reporters started asking him about the job Kraft and Belichick have done.
“Every year, they have a chance to win. That’s pretty cool,” Barkley began.
Is he a Patriots fan?
“No, no. Bill is my friend. Mr. Kraft is my friend,” Barkley continued. “But I was just making a point. In sports, if I’m a fan, I want my team to have a chance to win. That’s all I want. In 99 percent of the cities in every other sport, not just football, your team sucks. You have no chance of winning. The Patriots have a legitimate shot of winning every year. That’s pretty cool.
“It bothers me, it bothers me that y’all don’t appreciate them having a chance to win every year.”
ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, a hall of fame basketball columnist who knows Barkley very well, challenged Barkley, “How do you know we don’t appreciate it?”
Barkley didn’t hesitate.
“Y’all don’t. Y’all don’t. Unfortunately, because of the Internet and [crap] like that, you all win the championship or you don’t.
“In New England, y’all have a chance to win every year. I’m impressed with the Patriots organization because they’ve lost so many people and y’all take winning for granted. Y’all do.
That’s something that many assume New England fans already know. Not Barkley.
“No, you all don’t know that,” he said. “You all don’t know that. You all do take it for granted. You all think, ‘We have to win the Super Bowl or the season sucks.’ You all do [take it for granted].”