A Reminder of Charles Barkley’s Convictions

Ed Odeven Reporting

800px-Charles_Barkley_at_East_Carolina_UniversityCharles Barkley is seen at East Carolina University in 2008. FLICKR / VIA CC BY-SA 2.0

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (July 27, 2016) – Michael Jordan’s announcement on Monday that he is donating $1 million apiece to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Institute for Community-Police Relations is an important contribution in the aftermath of recent shooting deaths in the United States.

Larry King tweeted, “I would like to congratulate Michael Jordan for making a bold and important statement today.”

And it reminded me of something I witnessed in October 1999 in Birmingham, Alabama, when I worked as a sports reporter for The Birmingham News.

At halftime of the NBA preseason game between Charles Barkley’s Houston Rockets and the Detroit Pistons at the Birmingham Civic Center, not far from Barkley’s hometown of Leeds, the perennial All-Star forward announced he was giving $1 million apiece to Leeds High School…

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