Charles Barkley is one of the most authentic people on earth. This is not some hype job to propel Barkley's status as a legend on and off the court. Despite being a world-famous figure, Barkley does not mince his words. Whatever comes out of his mouth is straight from the heart. He doesn't care how controversial it may sound to some.
In a recent interview, Barkley shared what it's like to be a celebrity, particularly what he hates about it. The Inside the NBA co-host noted that he was invited to a ridiculous amount of charity events every week in his first five years of being famous. While he highlighted the importance of these events, Barkley wants to live like a normal person.
"I tell people I'm busy because one thing that happens with being in the limelight is people always want you to do their shit all the time. Listen. I'm not even exaggerating. You get 30-40 requests for charity events every week. Everybody's got a golf tournament. Everybody’s got a dinner."
These people think I ain't got nothing better to do except their crap. And I learned like 'No, I'm busy.' But I just want to play golf all the time and fish."
Barkley added that he's not working his tail off 365 days a year not to be able to do the things he loves. He's also reached a point in his life where he's grown comfortable lying. When he gets an invite to show out to some charity event, Barkley won't hesitate to reply: "I'm busy." And for Barkley, being busy means spotting out a good golf course or a prime fishing location.
Perhaps Barkley just uttered the words that all celebrities want to say — that just like everyone else, they need some time for relaxation. Sure, some big names find charity events as a time to unwind. But for Barkley, he's at ease when he has a golf club or a fishing rod in his hands.