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Charles Barkley Attacks PETA, Now PETA wants him for a spokesperson!
MSNBC ^ | 05/23/02

Posted on 05/23/2002 8:23:37 AM PDT by Exnihilo

PETA wants Barkley


Image: Charles Barkley        Charles Barkley has blasted PETA. Now the group wants him to become one of its spokesmen.
        The former hoops star stunned animal lovers when he protested the NBA’s decision to switch from leather balls to synthetic ones by saying, “Animals are only good to be eaten and tested.” He ate a hamburger, in protest, he said, and went on to attack People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by saying, “I hope those PETA people are outside by my car . . . I will run over them like dogs.”
        “It sounded like mad cow disease was getting the better of you,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk wrote in a letter to Barkley on Wednesday. “This stuff isn’t funny. Boasting about being cruel, as if it’s synonymous with being cool, should be out of bounds. . . . Please do something kind, something decent, to make up for these harmful messages. . . . May we hear from you and see you on the air, with a veggie burger in hand and an admonition to kids to be kind?”
       Barkley’s office didn’t return calls for comment.
       


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: animals; barkley; peta

1 posted on 05/23/2002 8:23:38 AM PDT by Exnihilo
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To: Exnihilo
hope he told 'em to F.O.
2 posted on 05/23/2002 8:26:29 AM PDT by phasma proeliator
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To: Exnihilo
"Please do something kind, something decent, to make up for these harmful messages"

Yes Charles. Please do something positive, unlike the PETA WACKOS!

3 posted on 05/23/2002 8:27:15 AM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Exnihilo
“Animals are only good to be eaten and tested.”

How true!

4 posted on 05/23/2002 8:29:10 AM PDT by Conservative Chicagoan
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To: Exnihilo
ROTFL! I love it!
5 posted on 05/23/2002 8:29:51 AM PDT by GWfan
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To: Exnihilo
I don't know tons about his politics, but I think this is great (I know he threatened to run for Governor of Alabama). If more celebrities (sports or otherwise) would realize that PETA advocates terrorism instead of just finding homes for wayward dogs and cats, we would be a lot better off.
6 posted on 05/23/2002 8:37:32 AM PDT by mattdono
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To: Exnihilo
There must be a mistake! Doesn't Barkley head the group "People Eating Tasty Animals"?
7 posted on 05/23/2002 8:38:51 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Exnihilo
Say what you will about Sir Charles, but you gotta admit that he calls 'em like he sees 'em, and the hell with what anybody thinks about it.
8 posted on 05/23/2002 8:39:33 AM PDT by mhking
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9 posted on 05/23/2002 8:40:24 AM PDT by mhking
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To: Exnihilo
Ingrid is a loon, the dangerous kind.

(based on personalobservation)

10 posted on 05/23/2002 8:50:41 AM PDT by Jonah Hex
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To: Exnihilo
Get em bread truck. The "round mound of rebounds" strikes again. From an Auburn boy no less. Go Charles!

Avoid cruelty to plants, eat more meat.

11 posted on 05/23/2002 8:51:03 AM PDT by AUgrad
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To: AUgrad
Barkley for Governor! Polls show clinton-lite Seigleman is in trouble. I'd be happy to hear Barkley endorse the Republican nominee. While in B'ham for the Bruno's Senior Golf Tourney, Barkley went on a tirade about the run-down condition of downtown B'ham.
12 posted on 05/23/2002 9:04:01 AM PDT by au eagle
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To: mhking
Say what you will about Sir Charles, but you gotta admit that he calls 'em like he sees 'em, and the hell with what anybody thinks about it.

That he does.

13 posted on 05/23/2002 9:17:42 AM PDT by rdb3
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To: AUgrad
Big WAR EAGLE bump for Sir Charles. "Run them over like dogs." Lord, how I love that man.
14 posted on 05/23/2002 9:18:59 AM PDT by Gurn
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To: mattdono
Barkley is a republican. That's all I know.
15 posted on 05/23/2002 9:21:42 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: au eagle
The country group Alabama has already endorsed primary and general election front-runner Bob Riley-- Chuck should get on the bandwagon!
16 posted on 05/23/2002 9:46:35 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative
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To: mhking
Barkley's post game show on TNT is more entertaining than the NBA Playoffs most of the time!

Charles may be off base sometimes, but he says what he thinks..

17 posted on 05/23/2002 9:48:39 AM PDT by codebreaker
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To: Exnihilo
Back in his Philly days, he once chastised a teammate for not trying hard enough by getting in his face and saying "You're stealing money, man!" I knew I liked him from that moment on. Knowing he's a Republican doesn't surprise me in the least. I have to say that Mike Piazza being Republican kind of surprised me, what with playing in Los Angeles so many years, and being obsessed with his hair in the Pert commercials.
18 posted on 05/23/2002 10:12:48 AM PDT by TrappedInLiberalHell
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To: mhking
I wish more folks were like Charles - that is, not politically correct.
19 posted on 05/23/2002 10:24:46 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: TrappedInLiberalHell
As I recall, he gave an interview to Limbaugh in his newsletter.
20 posted on 05/23/2002 10:34:42 AM PDT by lepton
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To: mhking
Thanks for the ping. I hope Barkley tells the PETA wackos where to get off.
21 posted on 05/23/2002 10:47:01 AM PDT by mafree
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To: Exnihilo
Never liked the guy, BUT, HEY there's always a first time!! MORE POWER TO HIM!!
22 posted on 05/23/2002 10:47:32 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: mattdono
I don't know tons about his politics,

I've heard that a number of atheletes are Republicans. He was on some t.v. show several months ago promoting the Olympics; he's a really funny guy.

23 posted on 05/23/2002 11:26:00 AM PDT by geaux
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To: Dan from Michigan
About the time he announced his Republican leanings, he used an anectdote. This would have been around the end of GHWB's term.

"My mom said, 'You watch out for that Bush. He's for the rich,'" Barkley said. "I told her, 'Mama, I am the rich.'"

Classic Chuck.

24 posted on 05/23/2002 11:26:53 AM PDT by Gurn
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