So spake Charles Barkley

8 05 2006


“I understand that’s a lot of money, but it is my money. Nobody has the right to tell me what to do with my money.”

-Charles Barkley

So Sir Charles makes a good point. I was listening to the alt.npr podcast “On Gambling” with Mike Pesca, and he played some of the audio from the interview where this came out. Hot on the tail end of the news of Daly’s “$50 million” in losses, which probably wasn’t quite that, Barkley admitted to losing around $10 million over the years. As Pesca said, that’s not much for someone with his bankroll, but still doesn’t it make you feel bad that that $10 million could have gone to charity? I say, do what you want. No pro athlete is obligated to donate money or to do anything with their money that they don’t want to. There is an element of responsibility for being in the public eye and acting as a role model, and I’m not sure of where I am in that regard. To use a distant example, if Paris Hilton whores herself out and gets caught doing drugs, that sucks because there’s some girl out there who want to be like Paris. At the same time, the majority of the population (I hope) realizes that she’s just a public spectacle and her notoriety relies on her body, her sluttiness and her arrogance. Pesca busted out the DSM-IV (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychological Association) and tried an amateur diagnosis to see if Barkley was a gambling addict. For the criteria that Pesca knew from the interview, Barkley only fit one or two, and the requirement was four or more. Still, Barkley called it “our addiction”, referring to himself and Daly. What siginificance does it have when someone who makes millions of dollars drops $100,000 in a weekend? Probably not much. Yet, if someone who was making a fraction of that and gambled off the same fraction, it could be bad. Say you made $35,000/year and you dropped $3500. That could have covered your ass in a lot of things, and if you’re supporting a family, you’ve got a major problem.

Jsut my thoughts. Now, on to that English paper…