Barkley out of jail

PHOENIX (AP) - Former NBA and Auburn standout Charles Barkley was released from jail today after serving a three-day sentence on a drunken-driving conviction.

A Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff's spokesman said Barkley left the Tent City jail just before 8 a.m. and avoided a group of reporters by leaving through another door.

Barkley, a TNT studio analyst, reported to the jail Saturday morning.

He was not required to wear a jail uniform or the county's signature pink underwear.

The Leeds, Ala., native was housed in a separate tent from the other inmates for his safety and meals were brought to him.

The 46-year-old Barkley pleaded guilty last month to two misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from his Dec. 31 arrest.

The Hall of Fame player also must pay more than $2,000 in fines and install an ignition-interlock device on his vehicles.

Barkley said last month that he made a mistake and just has "to take the beatdown."

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