Stuff like that was happening all over the place back then and in some regard still does.
Funny story…Hubie Brown, one of the great storytellers of his or any generation, once told me that he went to visit his daughter who was an undergrad at Auburn back in the early 80’s. Hubie stopped by to visit his close friend, Sonny Smith, then the Auburn head coach. Sonny told Hubie that he had a big problem. He has this freshman who is overweight, does his own thing in practice, won’t listen to the coaches, gets in fights with his teammates, etc, etc. Well, Hubie in his patented blunt way of saying things says to Sonny. “Well kick the mother bleeper off the team.” Sonny said it was not so easy as he’s by far the best player on the team.
That night, Hubie attended the freshman vs upper classmen scrimmage that Sonny put on and watched this freshman absolutely dominate in every aspect of the game. In Hubie’s words, he was not only the best player on the court that night, but one of the best collegiate players Hubie had laid eyes upon.
Hubie goes to Sonny Smith after the scrimmage and says “Sonny, you’re right, you have a problem”
By now you can all guess that that freshman was indeed Charles Barkley.
He was, is and will always be my favorite basketball player. But as great of a player as he was, he’s even a better person.
I for one am not surprised that he took $$$ from an agent to tell you the truth.