ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, OCT 22-23 - FILE - In this May 2, 2015, file photo, Charles Barkley joins the crowd before the start of the world welterweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. Barkley calls it friendly fire, the criticism a rich black gets for talking about race from fellow blacks who believe he can't understand their struggles. But the basketball Hall of Famer and TNT analyst says he can handle it, and hopes he can create conversation that makes a difference beyond the things he's already doing when his show "The Race Card" debuts in 2017. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
In this May 2, 2015, file photo, Charles Barkley joins the crowd before the start of the world welterweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. Barkley told ESPN radio on July 12, 2016, that black people have “got to do better” in response to last week’s shootings of black men by police and a sniper attack that left five officers dead in Dallas.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)
Charles Barkley, former NBA basketball player, contemplated running for Governor of Alabama - Barkley spoke out for many years as a Republican. In 1995, he considered running as a 1998 Republican candidate for Alabama's governor. In 2006, he altered his political stance, saying, "I was a Republican until they lost their minds." In 2007, he publicly supported Barack Obama for President. In 2008, Barkley announced that he would be running for Governor of Alabama in 2014 as an Independent. He later backed off that idea.
CHARLES BARKLEY - seen in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 in a booking photo provided by the Gilbert Police Department. Barkley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. An officer with a law enforcement task force that targets drunken driving saw the former NBA star run a stop sign around 1:30 a.m. (AP Photo/Gilbert Police Department)
Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Charles Barkley, representing the 1992 USA Olympic "Dream" Team, pats his heart as he speaks during the enshrinement news conference at the Hall of Fame Museum in Springfield, Mass., on Aug. 13, 2010. (Associated Press) **FILE**