Sunday, September 10, 2006

Barkley thanks strip clubs in speech

Sir Charles spat a lot of thank-you's during Friday’s ceremony. As an inductee to the Basketball Hall of Fame, he expressed gratitude towards former teammates, coaches, family, and....strip clubs. That’s right, Scottsdale’s Babes Cabaret and Philadelphia’s Delilah’s Den were among the establishments given nods by the Round Mound of Rebound. Now, we all know Charles is “no role model for children,” but... thanking strip clubs?

Analysts were quick to cry “politics.” Turns out that Babe’s (owned by area resident Jenna Jameson) is currently embroiled in a hot legal battle. This coming Tuesday, Scottsdale residents will vote on Proposition 401 -- if passed, it will introduce heavy regulations to local nightclubs. With bans on activities such as lapdances, dancers wouldn’t be able to make enough money to buy the clothes on their backs -- so to speak -- and so Babes and other strip joints would effectively be put out of business.

We at SunsGossip know that future gubernatorial candidate Sir Charles isn’t shy about politicking, so it’s possible he was trying to hint at his opposition to Proposition 401. But we also wondered if there was a simpler explanation -- maybe he really does just enjoy a romp at the strip club.

Phonecalls to Babes were not immediately returned. However, SunsGossip did hear back from Delilah’s, and apparently Sir Charles was indeed a regular patron during his years in Philly. Further investigation turned up the following picture, from 1990.

While talking to the friendly folks at Delilah’s, SunsGossip also learned another interesting Apparently Mr. Barkley was a tad picky about his dollar bills. Typical patrons stop by the cashier upon entering and exchange their Jacksons and Benjamins for more tip-friendly single dollar bills. Not Sir Charles. According to the Delilah's staff, the Sixers star always arrived with his own fresh stack of singles from the bank.

SunsGossip's friend Scorch does the same thing, so we had to ask why. Well, we never thought about it this way, but at the end of the night, each dancer pulls a wad of sweaty singles from her g-string – and she probably wants to exchange those dollars for more usable twenties and hundreds. That’s right, the cruddy singles go back into the cashier, only to be recycled into the hands of patrons the next day, and the day after, and the day after. Scorch says he won't touch the bills at Babes. "But everyone has their own preference. The Phoenix Suns Gorilla loves the smelly house bills."


Anonymous Jason said...

Who is that sitting next to Charles in the picture ... Mike Gminski?

9/10/2006 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Lucas said...

At least Charles knows what he likes... the tail in that candid pic is bootylicious!

9/11/2006 2:33 PM  
Blogger SunsGossip said...

Not sure about Gminski. Besides the skin color, it's hard to tell from the picture who that might be. Our guess is that if they were making a stop at Delilah's on the way home from a road-game, Gminski would have been sporting the uniform too.

As for our whiteboy blogger Lucas...we knew you liked the brown sugar booty!

9/11/2006 3:15 PM  
Blogger LaTowna said...

should not have read this one in class... i actually audibly guffawed at the pictures with that stripper's booty in the yellow thong!

9/19/2006 12:42 PM  
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