Everyone Overreact! Charles Barkley Gets a DUI

Charles Barkley is a man of Falstaffian tastes, noted for enjoying a cocktail from time-to-time and, on occasion, enjoying many of them while gambling. It should not shock you to note that Charles Barkley was arrested in Arizona early this morning after running a stop sign and being suspected of drinking and driving. ↵

↵It'll also surprise no one when you get an editorial or two talking about how Charles needs to "straighten up," or stop drinking, or doing whatever he likes with the piles of money he earned in the NBA and beyond. To this we say: Charles Barkley does not need rehab, or lecturing, or a serious life change. Last night, Charles Barkley needed a cab, and made the stupid mistake of not taking one, a mistake thousands of other people will unfortunately make this New Year's Eve. It's not worth a finger wag, much less an editorial. ↵

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↵So if Charles is not a role model, he can at least be a warning for you tonight. If you decide to ring in the New Year by wiping your mental hard drive with a barrage of alcoholic beverages, get a cab, because even charming, charismatic and funny NBA stars cannot lie about the amount of alcohol in their blood. Also, when you wake up with a barbed wire halo of a headache tomorrow, remember that you probably don't need rehab, but instead need some Pedialyte and then eggs and bacon carefully applied to said hangover. It's a lot cheaper than eight weeks in Tranquil Pines. ↵

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↵UPDATE: Barkley not only spent $1800 at the bar, he tipped well. Points awarded to Barkley. Points deducted: in the car at the time with Mr. Barkley, one Jaleel White, a.k.a. Steve Urkel from Family Matters. If you were big in the 1990s, there exists no rule stating you can only socialize with others who peaked in the 1990s. (Via) ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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