Athletes Riding Public Transportation: Charles Barkley Joins the Fraternity

Thursday December 5th, 2013

Deitsch accompanied Charles Barkley on the NYC subway today for reasons that aren't entirely clear, but that in some way involve TNT. While there he took the above video, and will be shamed accordingly for doing so while holding the phone vertically. In time we'll learn more about his journey. Until then, here's a recap of other athletes who took assorted trains recently, and why.

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Metta World Peace, 2013

Route: F train from Queensbridge to 34th

Reason: He's "always wanted to do that as a Knick."

Apparent Reaction: Metta being Metta.

Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk, 2013

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Route: Green line T from Kenmore to North

Reason: To interview the CEO of Mass. Transportation and promote the public transit system's new electronic signs on the Celtics web site.

Apparent Reaction: Deafening silence, because, well, see "Reason."

Jay-Z, Robinson Cano, and CC Sabathia, 2013

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The Route: London Underground Jubilee from Waterloo to North Greenwich

Reason: There's nothing quite as exhilarating as hearing "Please mind the gap" in a British accent. Just kidding. Who knows why he did it. He can do whatever he wants.

Apparent Reaction: Nothing as buzzworthy as when an old lady asked Jay-Z if he was famous during a previous subway ride in Brooklyn.

Yankees P Cody Eppley and Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 2012


The Route: 6 train from Astor Place to Grand Central, transferring to the 4 train to 161st-Yankee Stadium

The Reason: The MLB Fan Cave had them do it for a June Subway Series game.

Apparent Reaction: One onlooker didn't think they were real players.

Team USA Basketball, 2012


The Route: London's Javelin service from Stratford’s Olympic park to St Pancras

The Reason: Unclear. Maybe traffic. Maybe the Jay-Z reason.

Apparent Reaction: Praise from a local columnist for being down-to-Earth.

R.A. Dickey, Multiple times

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The Route: Metro North train from Connecticut to Grand Central, transfer to the No. 7 subway to Citi Field

The Reason: He's an everyman, see? Apparent Reaction: Chaim Potok book recommendations. And maybe, karmically, the 2012 Cy Young award.

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