Charles Barkley is not forgetting where he came from. The former NBA MVP has revealed his plans to sell his memorabilia to build affordable housing in his hometown of Leeds, Alabama.
In an interview with WJOX 94.5, Barkley said that he is selling his 1993 MVP trophy and 1992 Olympic basketball team memorabilia to raise money for the housing to be built.
“We probably got 30 eyesores, as I call them, where houses used to be when I was growing up,” he said. “Either a rotted-out house or there’s just weeds that have overgrown. So, what I’m trying to do — I want to work with the city of Leeds, I want them to give me the spaces, number one. I want them to give me the houses, and I’m going to use my own money selling my memorabilia.”
He continued, “I want to do something really nice for Leeds. And if I could build 10 to 20 affordable houses — I want to do green housing too — (and) if I could sell all that stuff, it would just be a really cool thing for me.”
Barkley does say that he plans to keep his Olympic gold medal, but only because his daughter wants it. He says that he keeps a lot of pricey memorabilia at his grandmother’s house.
“I got an autograph deal with Panini and I was talking to the guys, cause all that stuff is at my grandmother’s house, I don’t even keep it to be honest with you — and I said, ‘How much could I get for my MVP trophy and my two gold medals?’” he continued. “‘And I got an autographed plaque signed by the first original Dream Team.’ He says, ‘Oh I can get you a lot of money for that stuff.’”