October 12, 2018
Charles Barkley appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday night and talked with the host about golf, his job discussing basketball, and a few other odds and ends.
And then it just got odd.
Prompted by a pre-taped question from Shaquille O’Neal, Barkley told Fallon that he hasn’t worn underwear in a decade.
Incredibly, we are not joking.
You can watch the full clip below; the undergarment conversation commences at the 5:23 mark of the video:
Let’s run that back:
O’Neal: Charles Barkley, a source close to me tells me you don’t wear underwear when you’re live on TV. How come you don’t wear drawers?
Fallon: You don’t wear underwear?
Barkley: Jimmy, about 10 years ago —
*Fallon, Barkley, and the crowd all break into laughter*
Barkley: About 10 years ago, I found underwear, or well in the South we call them drawers, I thought they were unnecessary for space in the house. I got all my drawers together and had a big ol’ bonfire. I’ve been 10 years without underwear and I feel good about it, Jimmy.
Fallon: Oh my god, we’ve got to go to commercial.
Look, we’ve got three problems here.
First: in what world is Charles Barkley’s house too small to store his underwear? The guy made millions as a player and still makes millions today. That is the worst excuse of all time.
Second: a bonfire? Forget the fact that this might be a fake story: you should’ve donated that underwear, Chuck! Or maybe turned into a flag or a quilt. Or sold them on eBay to help buy a bigger house. Or maybe, you know, just not burned his drawers. That’s so weird.
Third: why are you going commando at work, Chuck? We all acknowledge that undergarments can be a little uncomfortable, but this seems extreme. Also, you didn't have to tell us! Make something up!
This is all too much. Thank goodness it's Friday.