Wednesday , Dec , 31 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Why we’ll forgive Charles Barkley’s DUI arrest

Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, and now Charles Barkley. Yes, Sir Charles’ arrest this morning for suspicion of driving under the influence puts him in, well, illustrious company. If guilty, the Hall of Fame post and award-winning broadcaster showed terrible judgement and should face justice. Whatever happens in the legal courts, this mishap doesn’t stick to The Round Mound of Rebound in the court of public opinion …


Why we'll forgive Charles Barkley's DUI arrestBreaking news mixed with analysis …

Their News: Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving early Wednesday morning. An officer with a law enforcement task force that targets drunken driving saw the former NBA star run a stop sign around 1:30 a.m., said Gilbert police Lt. Eric Shuhandler.Barkley declined to submit to a breath test but was given a blood test. The results weren’t immediately available.” (ESPN news services)

Our Very Quick Analysis: Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, and now Charles Barkley. Yes, Sir Charles’ arrest this morning for suspicion of driving under the influence puts him in, well, illustrious company.

If guilty, the Hall of Fame post and award-winning broadcaster showed terrible judgement and should face justice. Whatever happens in the legal courts, this mishap doesn’t stick to The Round Mound of Rebound in the court of public opinion.

We’ve always forgiven Barkley’s indiscretions. As a player, he spat on a fan and threw a bar heckler into a glass window. As a broadcaster, he admitted to losing ten million dollars at the casinos, but claimed not to have a gambling problem.

We simply laughed off these lapses in judgement because Barkley is charming and funny. He reminds us of our lovable, crazy cousin; his mistakes make him relatable and human.

Barkley’s arrest will have little impact on his broadcasting career. After all, former NFL receiver Michael Irvin had numerous brushes with the law and is still employed with ESPN, hosting a talk show in Dallas. Bottom line, the TNT panel, thanks in large part to Barkley’s quick wit, brings in huge ratings. Such success gives him leeway.

But driving under the influence puts innocent bystanders at risk, so Barkley, if guilty, must own this blunder and apologize. He should also find a way to raise awareness on this issue. This would speed up the inevitable: us, once again, forgiving him.

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