He revealed his plans on a local radio station.
Charles Barkley is one of the sports industry’s most controversial figures. Over the years, the NBA Hall of Famer has ruffled feathers of politicians and media members alike.
Recently, Barkley joined Birmingham, Alabama’s WJOX Roundtable Podcast. The Round Mound of Rebound discussed the current state of the NBA, but also announced some future charitable efforts. He revealed that he planned to auction off his MVP trophy and 1992 Dream Team memorabilia to build affordable housing in his hometown of Leeds, Alabama.
“We probably got about 30 eyesores where houses used to be when I was growing up,” Barkley said. “Either a rotted-out house or just weeds that have overgrown. So what I’m trying to do–I want to work with the city of Leeds, I want them to give me the houses, and I’m going to use my own money selling my memorabilia.”
Barkley consulted with the memorabilia certification organization Panini America before making his decision. “All that stuff is at my grandmother’s house,” he continued. “I don’t even keep it to be honest with you.”
Barkley claims he’ll sell an autographed plaque featuring signatures from every member of the 1992 Dream Team. The only exception is the gold medal–his daughter wants that one. Listen to the full podcast on WJOX’s Omny page.
“I want to do something really nice for Leeds. And if I could build 10 to 20 houses – I want to do green housing too – and if I could sell all that stuff, it would just be a really cool thing for me.”