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Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl bet?

Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:44 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 2:51 pm
Charles Barkley may have lost big betting on Tom Brady and company. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Congratulations, Gisele, your run as the biggest loser of the post-Super Bowl news cycle is probably over.

NBA Hall of Famer and TNT commentator Charles Barkley is ready to rip the headlines from the lady friend of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who flipped out on Giants fans after New York topped New England on Sunday.

Yep, it's officially Barkley's turn for public scrutiny. Why? Why else? He apparently lost big money gambling on the Big Game.

In an interview with 97.5 FM in Philadelphia, Barkley told host Mike Missanelli that he planned to wager $100,000 on the Super Bowl. In a follow-up interview on February 3, two days before the big game, Barkley revealed the team he planned to bet on: the Patriots.

Here was his reasoning, via

Who did you put your $100,000 Super Bowl bet on?:

“I’m a big believer in ‘In God We Trust,’ and I trust in Belichick, bro. I’m going with the New England Patriots. … I’m almost changed the plane to go to Vegas because I wanted to get the 2.5. … Three scares the hell out of me.”

And how about a score prediction for the Super Bowl?:

“31-17 Patriots. … I tell you, I don’t think it’s going to be close. As quiet as it’s kept, New England had the worst defense ever to make the Super Bowl, but if you look back at the playoffs, they’ve been one of the best defenses in the playoffs and I think that’s going to continue.”
The number of points New England was giving became a non-issue, as the underdog Giants won outright, 21-17.

Barkley, of course, has a long history of gambling losses. In 2006, Barkley said his gambling problem had cost him roughly $10 million. In 2008, he was sued for $400,000 by a Las Vegas casino for unpaid gambling debts. Shortly thereafter, he announced on TNT that he would give up betting altogether.

"I'm not going to gamble anymore," Barkley said. "I'm not going to gamble anymore. Just because I can afford to lose money, don't mean I should do it. It was a pain when it broke last week but it's going to turn into a good thing. I'm not going to gamble any more."

He went on to say that his gambling was not an addiction.

"I don't think I'm an alcoholic where I walk around with a bottle or a flask every day. I gamble probably once every two or three weeks to a month. It's not like I'm going every day to get up and look at the lines for sporting events. I like to go to Vegas, it's a fun place. But I've got to stop gambling. I don't see any problem with that."

Barkley did admit in the interview that he could return to gambling in the future. 

"I say to myself I'm not going to gamble right now. Is it for life? I don't know the answer to that question. For right now, the next year or two, I'm not going to gamble."

Well, at least that's no longer in question now.
Category: NBA

Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:11 am

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl bet?

u r out of ur mind!  line opened Gs +3, and closed Gs+2 1/2, eveyplace in the world ran that line!

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:21 am

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl bet?

Uh, oh... another whiner.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:59 am

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl bet?

these kinds of people should fall into a special tax category and pay like 95%. he belongs in this special category with the likes of the Kardashians and others that have no talent but suck the life out of everything decent or interesting. I reAlly wish someone would eliminate the Kardashians

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:54 am

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl bet?

Minor detail and error in the story- the Giants were the favorite and not the dog. The Giants were -3 and - 1.30 as the books didn't want to come off the 3 Pts- they just moved the money line around the 3 pts

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:54 am

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl bet?

if thats the logic behind your thinkn then if lee evans catches the ball for ravens there going to the superbowl and not the pats,there is no if in sport you wither make the fuckn play or you dont ........................just saying

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:33 am

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl bet?

Great obsrvation coming from "Mama's Boy"....LOL!  Brave man, talking smack at a distance!  You're just jealous that you don't have the $100K to wager!  LMBO!  Digital wimp! 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:22 am

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl bet?

personally, i want to thank charles. when i saw he bet on the Patriots, I took the giants. Always take the opposite advise of a born loser

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:08 am
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Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:02 am

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl bet?

Overweight, overexposed, over-hyped, in denial, constantly justifying his actions, tired, tired, tired.  We are who we are.  He isn't changing any time soon.  A huge sum bet just like he promised he'd probably do some day.  I just wish he'd go away.  Has had way more attention for his post-NBA career (public jawing) than as a player.   

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:54 am

Charles Barkley lost $100K on Super Bowl bet?

Do some of you really think you're that holier than thou that you can pontificate about how a grown man spends HIS OWN money? Get serious.

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