by Marcel Mutoni

With the holidays not exactly being conducive to timely blogging, you’ll have to forgive me for being a couple of days late on this. What I won’t apologize for, though, is the sheer awesomeness of the following story.

Here’s what Charles Barkley told the cops after he got taken into custody on suspicion of DUI earlier this week. The Smoking Gun (providers of Internet humiliation to celebrities for over a decade) has the sordid details:

Following his arrest earlier today for drunk driving, Charles Barkley told Arizona cops that he ran a stop sign because he was in a hurry to pick up a girl who had “given him a ‘blow job’ one week earlier,” which the former NBA star described as “the best one he had ever had in his life.”

“You want the truth? I was gonna drive around the corner and get a blow job,” answered Barkley, who is pictured in the below mug shot. A cooperative Barkley also joked with a civilian police employee that, “I’ll tattoo your name on my ass” if it would get him out of the DUI charge.

See, it’s stuff like this that has me convinced that Sir Charles is one of the most purely entertaining figures of my lifetime.

What remains to be seen is how the producers on TNT will deal with this latest embarrassing story from their Inside the NBA star.

Charles Barkley solemnly apologizing for running a stop sign in a desperate attempt to get some special attention paid to his genitals would obviously be one of the great moments in television history, but that’s probably asking for a bit too much.