Charles Barkley on Why He Pays Attention to Cleanliness: “My Mom Was a Maid. Every Morning She Left Home She Said, Charles, if This House Is Not Clean When I Get Home, I’m Gonna Beat You”

Published 12/06/2021, 8:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 13: (L-R) Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley appear on stage during the Turner Upfront 2015 at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City. 25201_002_TW_0792.JPG (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Turner)


A former professional basketball player, Charles Barkley is now an analyst on Inside the NBA. In an interview with USA Today Sports, he discussed his childhood in Leeds, Alabama and growing up with a single parent, saying:

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I just grew up a poor black kid in Alabama with a single mom and two brothers.”

During an interview with Ernie Johnson on The Steam Room, he also mentioned how his mother made him particular and disciplined.

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NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 05: Former NBA player Charles Barkley speaks during a press conference prior to Game Four of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Cleanliness is important to Charles Barkley

In a podcast with Ernie Johnson, Barkley discussed his obsession with cleanliness and how it actually began. He recalled an incident from his childhood when his mom told him to clean the house before she left for work in the morning. He said:

“My mom was a maid. Every morning she left home, she said, Charles if this house is not clean when I get home, I’m gonna beat you

Further, he said it was difficult for her to clean all these houses and return only to clean her own house. She was strict in this regard. Now, Barkley is well-known for his focus on cleanliness.

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 08: Charles Barkley speaks to guests during the Julius Erving Red Carpet and Pairings Party at Premier Night Club at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on September 08, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Julius Erving Golf Classic (a PGD Global Production))

In an interview with the Washington Post, Scott Brooks described Barkley’s cleaning obsession. He recalls a particular incident when he had heard a strange noise. It turned out to be Barkley, vacuuming because the lines on the carpet were not straight.

Barkley confirmed this news later and said that he is a “clean fanatic“.

Moreover, Barkley was caught cleaning his phone on TNT in an unusual way. After this incident, Barkley received some WHOOSH! Screen Shine for cleaning.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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