Proving that he can be recklessly generous as often as he can be recklessly gambling, Barkley picked up the tuition for a busboy at an Italian restaurant he regularly visits in Philadelphia. Says the Philly Daily News:
"Sir Charles told Abate he would like to help him with his tuition, and Abate wasn't sure how to respond. Barkley didn't give him much time, telling Abate that he had the length of Barkley's meal to decide. Abate wisely accepted.
"He's a nice kid," Barkley said of Abate on Friday. "He was working with kids, I loved that he wanted to be a teacher, and I wanted to help him," Barkley told us by phone between stops on a flight to Reno where he was making a speech
While his debt to the Wynn casino received a ton of attention, Barkley has given a million dollars each to two different high schools in the Birmingham area as well as an additional million to Auburn. He's also kissed an NBA referee.
Sir Charles? To one lucky busboy he's Saint Charles [Philly Daily News]
Barkley brings bucks for busboy's college tuition [Sports by Brooks]