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Charles Barkley: Johnny Manziel has him “close to saying ‘Roll Tide'”

Johnny Manziel trails only Miley Cyrus on Charles Barkley’s irk-o-meter. (Eric Gay / AP)

Charles Barkley is irritated. And when Sir Charles is irked, wonderful things spill from his mouth.

On Wednesday, he took aim at Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner who has struggled with behavioral issues of late — or, as Barkley put it, has done “a lot of stupid stuff in the last three or four months.”

“Johnny Manziel, he’s doing something I never thought was possible,” Barkley said on the “Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. “He’s going to make me root for Alabama this weekend.”

Barkley’s words carry enormous significance because he’s … gasp … an Auburn guy. A&M and Bama, the defending national champion, meet at 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday in a rematch of the game won by the Aggies last year.

No. 1 on the List of People who Annoy Chuck. (Evan Agostini / Invision / AP) No. 1 on the List of People who Annoy Chuck. (Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)

“I never thought I would say those words. I am so close to saying ‘Roll Tide,'” Barkley added, in case any Auburn people missed the first part. “Johnny Manziel is annoying me so much. I’m really close to saying ‘Roll Tide.'”

Barkley has considered a run for governor in Alabama and knows the weight of his words, particularly with Auburn fans.

“They’re not going to be happy,” Barkley said, “but let me tell you something. Johnny Manziel, oh my God, the only thing saving Manziel is Miley Cyrus.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · September 12, 2013