Charles Barkley Comments on Patriots' Future in Locker Room After Win vs. Colts

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2014

USA Today

Charles Barkley always tells it like it is, and he wasn't afraid to lay down the harsh reality to the New England Patriots following their 43-22 AFC Divisional Round win over the Indianapolis Colts.

The former NBA legend and current TNT analyst was in the Patriots' locker room immediately after the game. Barkley was a guest of owner Robert Kraft, per Mike Reiss of

That fact didn't stop him from telling the team and assembled media, "When Bill Belichick and Tom Brady leave, y’all team is going to [expletive] suck," per's John Beattie.

Of course, with Barkley's loquacious and generally comedic nature, you get the feeling that he was just having a little fun with the Pats rather than acting as some sort of spiteful Colts fan. Plus, it's not like what he said is an earth-shattering statement. Any team would be much worse off without one of the greatest quarterbacks in history and a legendary head coach.

For the time being, the Patriots can bask in all of their success and enjoy the presence of one of the most beloved basketball players of his era.

"Sir Charles" added that the media takes for granted all of New England's success, per Brendan Fitzgerald of Fox 25 in Boston:

Barkley made his way around the locker room, talking with cornerback Aqib Talib, per Reiss:

He also posed for a picture with running back Stevan Ridley, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald:

Barkley made sure to track down Dont'a Hightower. An Auburn alum, the "Round Mound of Rebound" wanted to make sure the former Alabama linebacker remembered how the most recent Iron Bowl finished, per Reiss and Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel:

It's safe to say that Sir Charles knows how to make his presence felt.