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Charles Barkley -- Pretty in Pink

2/24/2009 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Charles BarkleyHave you ever wanted to see a 300+ pound guy dressed in pink long johns? Charles Barkley is about to grant your wish.

We got word Barkley will serve his time in Lower Buckeye Jail ... which happens to be run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio tells TMZ that if he does get his hands on Barkley, he will put him in Tent City -- which means Sir Charles will don the infamous pink long johns.

Arpaio even told TMZ he would pair Barkley up with another famous Tent City inmate -- DMX.

Barkley is due to turn himself in on March 21.

UPDATE -- Sheriff Arpaio tells TMZ Barkley has been given work release -- meaning he only has to be in jail from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM. But if Chuck violates even one rule, Arpaio will revoke his work release.

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Cathy    

#8 is correct. Arizona is probably the only state where non felons do have to serve jail time because of the tents there is no overcrowding. They wear their own clothes and get work release for 12 hours per day, five days per week. Charles, make sure that you are wearing sneakers when you check in or they'll turn you away to go buy them. People arrive there with no money and their rides drop them off and leave and then they're told about the sneakers. Sherriff Joe is okay about some things but Arizona has to either make DUI a felony or stop putting people in jail for a longer stretch than some felons.

2030 days ago
17.

Creeder    

Dear Charles, Free advice: Do not tick off Sheriff Joe. Play by the rules and be thankful you won't be in Tent City 24/7.

2030 days ago
18.

BET News Atlanta    

Our sources connected to BET say that Charles Barkley has said he will return home to Alabama once he is released from the Arizona jail. Barkley who previousely had a home near Birmingham, Alabama at the famed Greystone Golf & Country Club is said to be planning a move to Cider Ridge Golf Club in Oxford, Alabama (see www.CiderRidgeHomes.com ); the same estate club where Suge Knight was recently seen playing golf and partying with an unidentified resident and two well known NFL players. Charles Barkley has expressed interest in running for Governor of Alabama, and even after this incident states he is looking at a campaign for the next term. One source who asked to remain unnamed told our reporter that Barkley said, "I'm going home to Alabama because this crap wouldn't be happening to me there".

Now you have the Inside Scoop~

2030 days ago
19.

Correction    


TMZ, do any of your staffers realize that people who are serving 5-day sentences do NOT get processed fully into Tent City, nor do they wear the pink jumpsuits?

Do at least a teensy bit of homework--Tent City and the sheriff have been famous for quite some time now. Numerous stories have been done on it and anyone who had watched even ONE interview with the sheriff would know that 5-day sentences are NOT part of the pink jumpsuit stuff.

2030 days ago
20.

Dan    

Arpaio is a p**sy without a badge and a gun.....

2030 days ago
21.

Capt Jack    

Big Bad Joe for President. You darn right. Its time to clean up all the other prisons. You do the crime, then you are doing real time in a real prison and not some country club.

2030 days ago
22.

Betty_Scotch    

Do your research, TMZ. Actually, there are TWO parts of tent city at the Lower Buckeye Jail. If he is on WORK RELEASE he's in "Con-Tents" which means he will be allowed to wear his own clothing, bring in books, a flashlight, a plastic watch, a towel, and money for the vending machines which are owned by Arpaio's brother... CON-TENTS is the portion of Tent City where DUI offenders, Identity Theives, and people who don't pay their child support are sent and where Work Release or Work Furlough are allowed. The other part of Tent City is the "O-Yard" portion where inmates are required to wear the pink underwear and the striped scrubs... "O-Yard" is where inmates who are convicted of more serious offenses, such as gang violence, drug trafficking, and assault are housed. In O-Yard there is NO Work Release.

Oh, and I can almost guarantee you that Barkley will end up doing less than 48 hours in Tent City.

2030 days ago
23.

k    

I ABSOLUTELY HATE THAT HE ACTED LIKE THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE HOOKER HIRING STUFF. THIS GUY DESERVES MUCH HARSHER PUNISHMENT AND SHOULD HAVE HIS CHARACTER LOOKED AT BY PROFESSIONAL DOCTORS. I BELIEVE HE IS AN ABSOLUTE FOOL AND SHOULD BE LABELED A SEX OFFENDER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. HE SHOULD ALSO BE TESTED REGULARLY FOR DRUGS. NO MAN SWEATS LIKE THIS GUY IN THAT MUG SHOT. HE IS A TOOL AND A FOOL. i HAVE NO RESPECT FOR HIM AT ALL. I HATE HIS GUTS. HE IS A BAD INFLUENCE ON OTHER MEN TO ACT LIKE HE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG IN HIS DESIRE FOR A HOOKER TO GIVE HIM THE SENSATIONS HE DESIRES. HE DESERVES NOTHING. LOCK THE MAN UP FOR HIS ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.

2029 days ago
24.

GuyAverage    

Charles is not a role model.

2029 days ago
25.

R. Norman    

This sherif wants to be in the media regardless of the cost.

Are the crime rate in his district lower than when he started or is it just empty air and media all together.

2029 days ago
26.

sheree/slomoshun    

i love sir charles and i admire him he is one of the true game originals why yall trying to throw eggs at him cuz he is a real mc-coy and speaks whatever is on his damn mind instead of being a coward and holding it in,he right leborn or whatever his name is,they spoil all of these young new players paying them with our tax dollars and all of them have the big head! they aint all that,ss for charles they went to work on the game and played to earn they money and success i wish charles wasnt married id marry him instead of maureen. i love you charles keep on keepin on baby!

1519 days ago
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