Charles Barkley may be on to something.
During an appearance Wednesday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the former NBA star turned TNT analyst dished on Super Bowl LIII, saying he made the “stupid” mistake of betting against Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, who went on to defeat the Rams, 13-3.
“He’s a really great guy, he’s funny when you’re around him and he’s really a good person,” Barkley said of pal Belichick, who invited him to practice in Atlanta ahead of the big game.
While spending time with his old friend and New England’s owner, Robert Kraft, Barkley said he “made the mistake” of looking Brady in the eyes.
“I’m looking at these guys and all of the sudden I look at Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] and then Tom Brady’s right here and I look him in the eyes, and I said, ‘Damn, you’re a pretty man,’” Barkley said. “That’s what I was thinking to myself, and I got so embarrassed I start turning my head to talk to him, like, ‘Hey, Tom, it’s good to see you, man, I haven’t seen you in a while.’”
Barkley also offered up a theory as to why the Rams defense may have come up short.
“I see why he scores all them touchdowns because those defenses are looking at his eyes and they get mesmerized,” Barkley continued. “He’s a nice guy, too, but, man, I can’t look him in the eyes.”