Charles Barkley mocks 'losers' watching total solar eclipse: 'We've all seen darkness before'


A once-in-a-lifetime spectacle wasn’t enough to draw in the interest of NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. 

The basketball legend tore into the millions of spectators that stared up at the sky on Monday to witness the total solar eclipse whose path of totality included several U.S. states. 

People watch as the moon partially covers the sun during a total solar eclipse in Eagle Pass, Texas on Monday, April 8, 2024.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

“Were y’all some of them losers standing outside watching that today?” Bakley said during Monday’s broadcast of the men’s college basketball national championship game. 

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Broadcaster Ernie Johnson rejected the statement, but Barkley continued. 

“Yes they are. Hey, we’ve all seen darkness before. Stop it.” 

“I’m not going to sit outside like an idiot and wait on the darkness,” he continued. “It’s going to be dark when we go outside tonight.” 

Charles Barkley at The Match

Charles Barkley looks on during Capital One’s The Match IX at The Park West Palm on February 26, 2024 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images for The Match)

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Millions of spectators in North America took part in watching the total solar eclipse on Monday.

The line of totality — or where there was complete sun coverage — spanned across 15 states as the path traveled from Mexico, arching northeast from Texas to Ohio before reaching Canada and going back into Maine.

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Solar eclipse seen from Saddleback Mountain near Rangeley, Maine

The moon covers most of the the sun as it approaches the total solar eclipse, as seen from the summit of Saddleback Mountain, Monday, April 8, 2024, near Rangeley, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Total solar eclipses occur every two to three years. The next full solar eclipse will take place in 2026 and should pass over the northern fringes of Greenland, Iceland and Spain. The next time the U.S. will experience it will be in 2033 when it brushes Alaska.

Fox News’ Angelica Stabile and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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