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Charles Barkley Admits He Tried To Pay Dirk Nowitzki To Go To Auburn

“Instead of being disappointed in a teenager hanging 52 on the star-studded team, Barkley decided to work on recruiting the young Nowitzki to his former school which Barkley is now a very supportive fan of.”

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Last night, long-time Maverick Dirk Nowitzki had his jersey retired in Dallas. Not long after, a video surfaced of Charles Barkley years ago explaining how he actually tried to recruit the 7-footer to play for Auburn.


“I called Nike. I said, ‘Find about this kid. Tell him I’ll give him anything he wants to go to Auburn,’” Barkley said in June, detailing the first time he met Dirk. “Anything he wants, we’ll get it done.”

This occurred in 1997, when Nowitzki was a teenager in Germany playing a Nike exhibition game against NBA stars such as Barkley, Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen. Barkley’s reason for recruiting Dirk was most likely obvious to everyone in attendance that day.

“Dirk finished with like 52 (points),” said Barkley.

Instead of being disappointed in a teenager hanging 52 on the star-studded team, Barkley decided to work on recruiting the young Nowitzki to his former school which Barkley is now a very supportive fan of. However, Nowitzki elected instead to bypass college altogether and jump from a German pro team to the NBA.

Although Nowitzki passed on Auburn, it may have been Barkley who stopped Nowitzki from making a different career choice.

“I said, ‘Where you gonna play (college basketball) at?’” Barkley recalls. “He says, ‘I have to go in the Army.’ I said, ‘Dude, you can’t go in the Army playing like that.’”

As Barkley tells it, he called Nike again later in the summer to make one last run at having Nowitzki sign with the Tigers.

“(Nike) said, ‘Well, he’s got to go in the Army.’ I said, ‘That dude is 7’ tall, he’s not going to the damn Army. What’s he gonna hide behind?’”

Barkley’s love for his alma matter has been the source of a lot of jokes both on Inside the NBA and when he sits at the desk for Turner and CBS’s coverage of March Madness. He is also a regular guest of College GameDay when ESPN takes the show to Auburn.

Certainly all of those colleagues have a new pool to dip into for jokes now that Chuck has admitted he was willing to commit a recruiting violation on behalf of the school.

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Barstool Sports Star Big Cat Launches Coffee Business

Barstool conducted a recent fan survey, and 80% of respondents said they drink coffee on a daily basis. Katz and the folks at Barstool listened, and so Stella Blue was born.

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A new direct-to-consumer product from the minds at Barstool Sports has hit store shelves – coffee. Stella Blue Coffee is a new brand launched by Pardon My Take co-host and Barstool Sports star Dan “Big Cat” Katz.

The name was inspired by Big Cat’s love of coffee and his love for his recue dog Stella.

Barstool conducted a recent fan survey, and 80% of respondents said they drink coffee on a daily basis. Katz and the folks at Barstool listened, and so Stella Blue was born.

The coffee will feature three different blends. Positive Vibes is the light roast, Big Cat Blend is the medium roast and Electric Avenue Dark Roast. The coffee is available in 12-ounce whole bean bags, 12-ounce ground bags and pods for Keurig lovers.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the coffee will go to PAWS Chicago, the largest no-kill humane organization in Dan’s hometown.

Stella Blue is the latest Barstool-backed and created DTC product to hit store shelves. The company has a record of previous success launching other products including flavored vodka, beer and hard seltzers.

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Barstool Sports Raising Money In Memory of Murdered Virginia Football Players

Barstool created a design featuring the phrase C’ville Strong above the cross swords used in Virginia’s athletic logo. The design also features the initials and numbers for the three murdered players.

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has announced a fundraising campaign for the three Virginia football players murdered earlier this week.

In a tweet, Portnoy said 100% of proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to support the families of Lavel “Tyler” Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry, who were all killed in an on-campus shooting earlier this week.

Two of the three football players killed were Barstool Athletes, a name, image, and likeness program started by the online outlet.

Barstool created a design featuring the phrase C’ville Strong above the cross swords used in Virginia’s athletic logo. The design also features the initials and numbers for the three murdered players.

Merchandise can be purchased here.

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Grant Wahl Details Run-In With Qatari Security At World Cup

“Picture is not allowed, sir,” the guard purportedly told Wahl. When he asked for clarification, the guard told him “Kindly delete it, sir”.

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CBS Sports soccer analyst Grant Wahl has detailed an issue he had with security as the 2022 World Cup prepares to take place in Qatar.

In an article posted on his Substack, Wahl claimed he took a picture of a sign in the media center that said “Now is All”. He shared after he took the photo, a security guard immediately walked over.

“Picture is not allowed, sir,” the guard purportedly told Wahl. When he asked for clarification, the guard told him “Kindly delete it, sir”.

The 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar has been viewed as controversial for a multitude of reasons, mostly centered around the country’s poor record on human rights. Other media members have shared their experiences with Qatari security, as a confrontation with a Danish television crew went viral earlier this week.

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