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Charles Barkley used to keep Vaseline on his belly button before spreading it on his lips

Charles Barkley doesn't want chapped lips and is willing to do everything to keep them moist.
Charles Barkley used to keep Vaseline on his belly button before spreading it on his lips

Charles Barkley defended this rather unsanitary habit.

When people say Charles Barkley is one of the most interesting man in the world, it’s not an overstatement. It really is the truth. His thought-provoking comments on Inside the NBA reveal just one side of him. A recent interview revealed another odd side of the legend. The one that involves keeping vaseline on his navel for later use.

Keeping his lips moist

Takeo Spikes recalled that one instance in Inside the NBA when Barkley’s co-hosts called him out for his habit of putting Vaseline on his navel before spreading it on his lips to keep them from chapping. Barkley recalled those days and defended this rather unsanitary habit.

Spikes: "They called you out and they said you used to put Vaseline on your navel. And then whenever you felt [your lips] getting dry, you used to go inside your navel, and put them on your lips."

Barkley:: I used to keep Vaseline on my stomach, I fill it up at halftime, too. 'Cause you know some of it moves in the first half. You're sweating and everything but I refill it at halftime.

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Man, listen. I got 18,000 to 20,000 people watching. I don't want them looking at me "look at those ashy lips on Charles Barkley?" Nobody wants to see that"

Who spilled the beans?

Chuck is a wonderful person, but his Vaseline habit is gross. The thing is, we probably wouldn’t have known of his icky practice if it wasn’t for Karl Malone, who was roommates with Barkley during their days with the Dream Team. According to the Mail Man, Chuck was a “neat freak” as all of his things were organized. But one thing that stuck to Malone’s mind was Barkley’s Vaseline and where he stashed it.

Of course, the Inside the NBA crew took the Vaseline story and ran with it. They even made a little animated skit with Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Barkley chilling in a spa with nothing but their towels on — a reference to another Chuck story.

Barkley’s dirty little secret is now out. But the NBA icon doesn’t seem bothered. It’s important to note that he’s consistent in defending his odd behavior. He doesn’t see anything wrong with it. He just wants to look good in front of his fans. 

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