Charles Barkley reveals he played with gay teammates during his career


barkley-2Jason Collins became the first openly homosexual athlete in major American team sports when he wrote an account in Sports Illustrated describing his experiences as a gay player in the NBA.

The 12-year-veteran contacted the magazine because he wanted to use their forum as the platform to tell the world his story.

On April 29th, Dan Patrick broke the story of Collins coming out, and it immediately rose to the top of the sports news cycle.

The response to Collins’ decision has been overwhelmingly positive, but the concept of playing with a gay player is still a major talking point across the world of sports.

Former NBA star Charles Barkley joined The Dan Patrick Show and talked about Collins’ decision to come out, telling Patrick about his experiences with gay players in the locker room.

Barkley said on that he has played with 3-4 gay men during his 16-year career, and those are just the players he knows about. He did not reveal the names of these athletes.

During the interview, Barkley noted that Collins himself has been on six teams, and that everyone who has played in the NBA has had a gay teammate.

“I think it’s a huge deal,” Barkley added of Collins’ decision to come out on Monday night during TNT’s Inside The NBA. “I’m really excited for Jason.”

During the interview, Barkley stated that everyone who has played in the NBA has had a gay teammate at some point.

Barkley retired from NBA in 2000, he retired as the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.

11-time All-Star, he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2006. He competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States men’s basketball team.

Barkley was a prolific scorer and a great rebounder, who holds career averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 36.7 minutes on the court.

Barkley led the league in offensive rebounds for 3 consecutive seasons, and holds a personal record of 14.6 rebounds per game achieved in 1986-1987 season.

Scoring wise, Barkley never in his career averaged below 14 points per game, reaching a career-high 28.3 ppg for Philadelphia during 87-88 season.

He played in 1073 NBA games, starting in 1012 of them.

Barkley was one of the NBA’s most versatile players and accurate scorers capable of scoring from anywhere on the court and established himself as one of the NBA’s top power forwards of all time. Some say he was the best.

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