Yesterday afternoon we offered cash bounties for photographs of Charles Barkley in Oklahoma City. Since we posted our request, we’ve already received several submissions, including a $5 pic that shows Barkley having fun with a black person.
One picture, though, already takes the very very very large cake Barkley eats on a regular basis. It’s a picture of Chuck and a couple of ladies having fun at the Bricktown Brewery…in 1995.
Here’s the photograph and email:
Here’s the email:
Sir Charles has said many times that he has never been to Oklahoma City. His memory is short. He has been to OKC and loved it! This is a photo of me with Sir Charles and a co-worker, Jennifer in the mid-90’s. We brought in the Phoenix Suns for a pre-season game. This pic is at the after party on the 2nd floor of the Bricktown Brewery.
Wow, so Charles apparently has been to Oklahoma City before. That photo and email would seem to backup what a commenter posted yesterday:
Am I the only person that remembers Charles Barkley being in town for an exhibition game with the Suns in the mid 90′s? And after the game, he was at the Bricktown Brewery with Dan Marjerle, Danny Manning, Kevin Johnson, Danny Ainge and some other players I don’t recall.
I would check The Oklahoman archives to validate these claims and see when exactly the Suns played their exhibition game in the OKC, but that would require subscribing to The Oklahoman and/or having a library card. Those are two things that only a loser or old person would do. Instead, I’ll just take our Ogle Moles for their word. Charles Barkley has been to Oklahoma City, and while he was here, drank cheap microbrewed beer at the Bricktown Brewery. He probably played that weird virtual reality golf game, too.
Anyway, if that’s not a buzz kill I’m not sure what is. A big part of the allure behind Charles’ visit was that he’s never been to Oklahoma City…or at least that’s what everyone assumed or thought. Now we know that he’s not only been to Oklahoma City, but had dinner in Bricktown and played an exhibition game in the Myriad. No wonder he thinks this town sucks!
All that being said, we are still offering bounties for photographs of Chuck’s visit. In fact, we are offering anywhere from $1 to $100 for individual photos. So if you see him jogging, taking a river cruise or getting pulled over in Valley Brook, take a pic and send them our way. And if you have any memories or recollections about his visit to Oklahoma City in the 1990s, share them with us in the comments.
Update: According to following article from the Oklahoma, the Suns (and Wayman Tisdale) played the Pistons during an exhibition game at the Myriad in the mid-1990’s. A picture of Barkley even accompanies the story: