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Black News: Charles Barkley Goes to Jail

Basketball great Charles Barkley began serving a three-day sentence in Arizona’s infamous Tent City on Saturday, jailed by the same sheriff whose autobiography he endorsed 12 years ago.

Charles Barkley bristled at the implication he should be wearing stripes instead of a red-and-bue sweatsuit.

Charles Barkley bristled at the implication he should be wearing stripes instead of a red-and-bue sweatsuit.

"You come here when you screw up," Barkley said at a news conference hours after he reported at the Maricopa County jail. "I don’t blame anybody for this situation but myself."

Barkley, 45, pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor drunken-driving charges stemming from a New Year’s Eve arrest after he left a Scottsdale, Arizona, nightclub.

A judge sentenced him to 10 days in jail, but his sentence was reduced in exchange for Barkley’s attending an alcohol-awareness course.

At the news conference, Barkley sat next to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed "Toughest Sheriff in America." Arpaio is known for giving inmates old-fashioned, black-and-white-striped uniforms, making some of them live in tents andreinstituting chain gangs, even for women.

"I’m an equal incarcerator," Arpaio said of Barkl

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  1. Cecil Jones
    March 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I love Charles Barkley like a brother from another mother. I’m concerned for his safety while behind bars. Charles is not one to turn the other cheek or bend over if confronted by anyone. If someone wants to make a name for themselves and challenge Charles behind bars will the system protect him or exploit him? Charles is not “In Charge” of this jail. Is 3 days enough to break his spirit or would wearing a pink jumpsuit make him softer than his middle? We all need to keep him in our prayers this weekend. I guess Charles can also kiss his political aspirations goodbye? Politicians don’t usually do jail time until they get thrown out of office. I love you Charles and I hope Bubba doesn’t while you are in jail. Don’t drop the soap or you could get posted up like Dennis Rodman.

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