Charles Barkley Disses Cats As Pets For ‘Old Women,’ But Don’t Cancel Him!

I can’t overstate how much I like Charles Barkley.

When I was a kid watching the NBA in the 90s, Sir Charles was a force to be reckoned with, a player who could put an entire team on his back and would have rampaged his way to multiple championships if a man named Michael Jordan didn’t play in the same era.

Chuck was physical, an outstanding and efficient scorer, a tenacious rebounder and a guy who played the game with passion. He was also beloved as the NBA’s resident “fat guy,” an admittedly pizza-loving athlete nicknamed The Round Mound of Rebound and The Incredible Bulk who always had to lose a few pounds when he showed up for training camp.

A young Charles Barkley (right) eating pizza before a game. No, seriously, that’s what he ate before NBA games!

In his post-NBA career, Barkley has delighted audiences for years with his brutally honest takes about basketball and many other topics. He’s blunt, honest to a point and often hilarious.

That’s why I still can’t dislike him even after he insisted cats are pets for “old women” during a playoff broadcast on Monday.

“A cat is not a real pet,” Barkley said on TNT when fellow host and former NBA player Kenny Smith mentioned he likes cats and has one at home.

“Why not?” Smith asked.

“Because it’s not a dog,” Barkley replied.

Later, when a fan jokingly tweeted an image of cats taking issue with Barkley’s declaration, The Prince of Pizza doubled down.

“I don’t dislike cats, I just don’t think they’re real pets,” he said. “A dog is a real pet.”

“What’s a cat?” Smith asked him.

“Just something old women have,” Barkley said, drawing the ire of cat lovers on the internet.

Before anyone rushes to fire off an angry tweet, it should be noted that Barkley is known for saying things to get a rise out of people, and Inside the NBA is legendary for its shit talk, with Shaquille O’Neal and Ernie Johnson rounding out the quartet of hosts who spend as much time laughing as they do analyzing the games. The guys on Inside the NBA are also notorious for poking fun at themselves and playing pranks on each other (I’ll never forget seeing all 300 pounds of Shaq falling on his ass after the other guys took the screws out of his chair, and the good-natured way he took it), so I know Sir Charles wasn’t trying to be mean. He was probably just taking a dig at Kenny.

So yeah, don’t cancel Charles. He’s entertaining, he’s a unique voice, and he just hasn’t had his heart stolen by a cat yet. Someone take him to the local SPCA and find a nice fluffy Maine Coon who will sway Chuck to the dark side!

8 thoughts on “Charles Barkley Disses Cats As Pets For ‘Old Women,’ But Don’t Cancel Him!”

    1. I used to love doing that in pickup basketball games. It’s kind of amazing how much you can throw someone off just by yelling “Brick!” in a funny accent when someone’s going up for a jump shot, or get them heated by doing the sad trombone sound when they miss a shot lol.

      I don’t know much about the sport, but I imagine cricket players come up with some funny stuff.

      But yeah, Charles wasn’t being serious and it’s pretty cool that Kenny is a cat lover.

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      1. I hope he was kidding because sick of cats being picked on with bs like cats are for old women. What is next joke? Only gay men have cats?

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