In an earlier post on this blog, I delved into the many reasons why Charles Barkley is such a forceful figure in the world of sports media. So, here we are again. Why, you ask? Why not?
There are so many things aspiring sports broadcasters can learn from Barkley. The more you watch him, the more you come to appreciate the persona that he portrays on the air. What you see is what you get. He is one of the rare members of the media who actually is the same person on and off the air waves. It’s such a refreshing delight to watch.
In my previous post on Barkley, I neglected to include what I consider to be one of his finest moments yet in broadcasting. You’ll recall the situation in which Charles got in some mildly hot water for making fun of San Antonio Spurs fans. Earlier this year, the issue came up again on TNT’s Inside the NBA. Not only did Barkley not shy away from addressing the matter, he handled it with extreme dignity. Take a look.
With each passing day, I always try to think to myself, “Be more like Charles Barkley.” When it all comes down to it, the man has absolutely no fear about how other people think of him. This gives him a tremendous amount of personal liberty in his work and allows his true passions to shine for the world to see. I will never ceased to be amazed at the courage and tenacity with which Charles approaches his work.