Charles Barkley is assisting his hometown of Leeds, Alabama by getting rid of what he calls unnecessary awards and accolades in order to provide affordable and green housing.
What We Know:
- Barkley wants the city of Leeds to give him the spaces and he will use his own money to build the houses by selling his own memorabilia.
- Charles Barkley called his medals “crap” and said they crowd his house. He also told ESPN he no longer has a need for the trophies and medals, and the money from them could be used to make a difference.
- Barkley said, “I don’t think I have to walk around with my gold medal or my MVP trophy for people to know I’m Charles Barkley, so I’m going to sell all that crap. That just clutters my house. I used to keep it at my grandmother’s house, but they all passed away, and I don’t want that stuff crapping up my house.”
- The MVP trophy could bring in at least $300,000, which would alone create a significant difference in his housing project.
- He said, “I want to do something really nice for Leeds. And if I could build 10 to 20 affordable houses—I want to do green housing too. If I could sell all that stuff, it would just be a really cool thing for me.”
- Not every memorabilia will be sold. By the request of his daughter, the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team” gold medal is staying in the family because it’s really sentimental to the world and to her as well.
There’s no word on when the public will be able to start biding on these items. BNA will keep you update when it does.