Barkley Says He's Serious about Gubernatorial Bid

PHOENIX  --  Anyone who's ever listened to him knows you can't always take what Charles Barkley says seriously. But the former NBA star insists he is serious about running for governor of Alabama.

But first things first, he has to move back there first. And that means he can't run until 2014, seven years after taking up residence in his home state. In an interview with reporters, the Leeds native and former Auburn star, was asked if he had ever been in the governor's office in Montgomery.

He noted that "they don't let many black people in the governor's mansion in Alabama -- unless they're cleaning." Barkley is being inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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