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Charles Barkley on Auburn: “We’re going to kill Kentucky.”

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After starring at Auburn from 1981-84, Charles Barkley has been outspoken about his love for the Tigers on the court and gridiron ever since. Regularly attending games and repping the burnt orange and navy blue, the NBA legend never misses an opportunity to show support for his former school.

In fact, during Kentucky’s Elite Eight matchup against the Tigers in 2019, this is what his desk looked like during the television broadcast.

Considering his immense love for the Auburn program, it should come as zero shock to the Big Blue Nation that he took a shot at Kentucky leading up to this weekend’s highly anticipated matchup between the Wildcats and Tigers.

In an appearance on Monday Night Football’s Megacast with ESPN’s Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit, Barkley joined with NFL legend Peyton Manning to discuss a wide variety of topics, including Auburn’s season-opener against Kentucky this weekend.

“Your Auburn Tigers got a tough match with Kentucky this week,” Herbstreit told Barkley.

“Oh, listen, things are never that bad — we’re going to kill Kentucky,” Barkley responded. “I’m worried about Georgia the next week. Come on, man. This is not basketball. We’re not going to worry about Kentucky in football. Stop it, Herbie.”

After the jab, Manning added that he hoped UK head coach Mark Stoops was listening and uses his words as bulletin-board material.

“OK, I hope Stoops is watching this interview, getting the troops fired up for this game,” Manning said.

Barkley’s comments come just a day after he said former UK superstar Anthony Davis didn’t have a “killer mentality” in the NBA.

“Anthony Davis should be the best player in the world,” he said at halftime of Game 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets series. “But he doesn’t have that killer mentality. Everybody’s not built like that. … Anthony Davis is just a nice guy who’s a great player.”

Davis followed it up by scoring the final ten points of the game, including a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Lakers up 2-0 in the series:

Will Barkley’s comments about Kentucky vs. Auburn come back to bite him again? We’ll find out Saturday afternoon.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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17 Comments for Charles Barkley on Auburn: “We’re going to kill Kentucky.”

  1. dhard
    1:37 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Charles has a platform, speaks his mind and most chuckle at him. He can say whatever he chooses, but it doesnt make it correct.

  2. BigBluSoTru
    1:55 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Barkely always picks Uk & Caiplari in BB except against Auburn . However i don’t think Auburn FB care about what he thinks in Fb. They listen to Bo Jackson with that or Cam Newton.

  3. ukkatzfan
    2:12 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Sir Charlie got a mouth the size of his belly.

  4. bbn606
    2:14 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Makes me feel good. When was the last time Barkley picked a winner?

    • KYJelly
      4:11 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

      When he picked Auburn to beat us in the Elite 8 ….

  5. dcforuk
    2:29 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Love it. Give our guys just a touch more motivation (not that they need it)

  6. Headhurts
    2:54 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    If everybody liked the same team this sports thing would’nt be much fun, Good luck Chuck but beware of the CATS!

  7. Bluebloodtoo
    3:06 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah, a retired homer basketball player is the expert football predictor.

  8. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    3:07 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    The sports world is so much better with Charles in it. But now it’s on. Oh, it’s on.

  9. peaches76
    3:28 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Charles make everything fun. I’d watch the game with him!!

  10. michaelb
    3:33 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Show us how much money you’re putting on the tigers , Charles . We will really know how strong he feels if he did that

  11. michaelb
    3:38 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Enjoy the few people left that still think we are the Kentucky football of old. Hehehe

  12. SuperTroy18
    3:52 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    I love seeing his “guaranteed” picks, because they always prove him wrong. I think one of his last ones was picking Denver to lose the series one three consecutive games. That…didn’t work out to well.
    (Insert pic of him, devastated after Kenny Walker’s shot ended his SEC Tourney career)

  13. Bluenblood
    5:50 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Missing the point!!!! Can you believe they are talking KY FOOTBALL on Monday Night Football !!!!! Its unheard of!!! What great publicity!!!

  14. runningunnin.454
    6:53 pm September 22, 2020 Permalink

    Wrong sport, Sport! I think your degree was in basketball; you know, the round one. Keep being you, Chuck…we love you.

  15. CahillsCrossingNT
    8:23 am September 23, 2020 Permalink

    He’s certainly right about that. Auburn will win easy.