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Video: San Antonio Mayor welcomes Charles Barkley to San Antonio… with rings

May 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Charles Barkley is well known for not liking San Antonio. It’s just not his kind of town. Like a lot of towns in Texas, the people that like San Antonio love it, those that don’t are very “meh” on it. Very few hate it. It’s hard to hate it. It’s a livable city. (Note: For once I’m not just talking out my backside, having spent four years in Austin and primarily traveling around Texas at that time I got a feel for the Republic and its citizens.) But it’s definitely not for Barkley, who continues to blast the Riverwalk as a “dirty creek.”

On Friday, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro responded to Barkley in a friendly, wink-wink, nudge-nudge video that features the ultimate argument. Count the rings.


Gotta love the Mayor taking advantage of the situation to get some free publicity. Barkley and company head to San Antonio Sunday as TNT hosts the Western Conference Finals Game 1 Sunday night at the AT&T Center. Hopefully Charles can get down to the Riverwalk for some chain Tex-Mex and poorly made margaritas.


  1. AlohaMrHand - May 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    is he saying living in San Antonio would be “turrible?”

  2. abchome - May 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    The SA Mayor will also take advantage of the betting with the Mayor of whichever city come out from the east.

  3. texasntech - May 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    So..Barkley shows he has no more class then Cuban, and Matt Moore shows us he has even less.

    Some journalist.

  4. alexb64 - May 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    This is just as annoying as when fans brag about all the rings “they” have.

  5. deadeyedesign23 - May 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Is the burn that it’s better to be mayor of a city where other people have won NBA championships than to be one of the 50 greatest players ever? Because I know which I’d rather be.

  6. gs7101 - May 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Barkley has a lot of nerve bashing the city San Antonio and people who live there. This is a guy who grew up in Leeds, Alabama. That country town is known for having the world’s largest Bass Pro Shop and a Motorsports Park — those country bumpkins living in Leeds fish in small, dirty creeks; they wish they had a Riverwalk to walk around. Hopefully, Barkley won’t forget to wear his NBA championship ring when he rolls into the Alamo City. Oh wait, Barkley never won a championship ring!

  7. cantonbound13 - May 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    At least people in SA are not as sensitive as Heat fans.

  8. slippyal2 - May 26, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I hope TnT shows Charles from both SA and OKC rivers and compares them.

  9. mungman69 - May 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Hey: Cantonboumd13: let’s ask Matt Moore about San Antonio fans. He is the expert on all fans.

  10. jordanaires - May 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    The Riverwalk is a tourist trap, but the barbecue at County Line is pretty damn good.

  11. lakerluver - May 26, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Chuckles better get used to being in S. A. for awhile because I think they’re winning it all.

  12. fanz928 - May 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Did him dirty

  13. 1historian - May 28, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    good one

    Chuck gets paid for shooting his mouth off, and he doesn’t even have to engage what he calls his “brain” before doing so.

    The inevitable result is what we just saw.

    Good one

  14. furio2929 - May 29, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Hey Chuck, you look better in a dress and a wig. If you could only talk better! As for you hating San Antonio and their women, you suck.

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