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Charles Barkley is a gem. He's never been afraid to speak his mind on any subject, whether he really knows anything about said subject. He's also one of the biggest trash-talkers in the history of the world.
He's brash, he can be crude, and he doesn't care what anyone else thinks about him.
He was also the primary offensive option on the Hall of Fame-loaded 1992 Dream Team, and he helped it and the 1988 team win gold medals.
One of his most memorable Olympic moments came in a game against Angola when he intentionally elbowed their skinniest player right in the chest.
He once said of the Winter Olympic sport of curling, "Curling is not a sport. I called my grandmother and told her she could win a gold medal because they have dusting in the Olympics now."
When asked about whether it was fair that Team USA assembled the Dream Team in 1992, Barkley's response was, "Other teams have been sending their pros for years. Now they can take their whipping and go home."
Barkley and Team USA were invited at one point to have dinner with Prince Rainier and Prince Albert of Monaco. As GQ's Lang Whitaker reports, there are strict protocols when dining with royalty, but Barkley wasn't keen to follow them.
At one point, Prince Rainier put down his fork, at which point everyone else is supposed to follow suit and do the same. Barkley's response to this was, “Well, I hope he stops when I’m done eating my meal, because I’m eating my meal.”