Barkley wants to keep his nose clean when he runs for Governor of Alabama. That’s pure speculation, but why else would he quit gambling cold turkey?
Deadspins calls a spade a spade:
It takes Charles only about a minute to begin wavering, going from “I’m not going to gamble anymore,” to “I’m going to stop gambling for right now,” to “Who knows how long it’s going to last? Hopefully for the next year or two.”