Charles Barkley ‘Played With a Gay Teammate’

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley recently spoke up to defend Jason Collins who just came out as gay—making him the first active professional athlete to do so.
Former Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley talks to fans before the 76ers' NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday Jan. 21, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo H. Rumph Jr)

By// Mariah Craddick

On a recent episode of the Dan Patrick Show, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley spoke up to defend Jason Collins who recently came out as gay in an unprecedented move for a pro athlete.

When asked if Barkley ever had a gay teammate, he said “of course I did.”

“Everybody did. Everybody played with a gay teammate…and it’s no big deal,” he said. “I think it’s obviously discussed privately because the problem is…unless somebody tells you they’re gay, you can’t say anything about them being gay. Until somebody has the courage, and I think it takes great courage to come out, it’s kind of an unspoken word, to be honest with you.”

See what else Barkley had to say about the topic in the clip below: