Charles Barkley’s Son-in-Law Knew Him From Space Jam, Not the NBA

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley recently became a new father in law. His daughter Christiana married Ilya Hoffman in wedding ceremony in Scottsdale a few weeks ago. According to a recently published New York Times article, Hoffman only knew Barkley from his appearance in Space Jam.


Via NY Times:

“After someone mentioned to him that the woman was Barkley’s daughter, Hoffman’s first thought was of her father’s appearance alongside a cast of other NBA stars in “Space Jam.”

“I said, ‘Oh, you mean the guy from ‘Space Jam’? That’s where I knew him from,” Hoffman admitted. “Some people might have been like, ‘Oh my god, Charles Barkley.’ To me it was like, ‘Look at this amazing girl.’”

Hard to imagine someone not knowing Charles from his basketball days,  but you have to realize Charles retired back in 2000.

His son-in-law isn’t exactly  a sports fan either:

“I’m not a sports fan,” Hoffman said. “I don’t watch sports. I don’t play sports.”

Hoffman’s first time meeting the 58-year-old Barkley came in 2017 at the latter’s Scottsdale, Arizona home.

“I walked into their house and I was like, ‘That is a huge guy,’” Hoffman said.

“When you go out to dinner with Charles, people can be pretty rude like, ‘Hey, Charles, can I take a picture with you?,’” Hoffman recalled. “But every single time he puts a smile on his face. He’s the most generous person. He never gets annoyed.”

Just imagine Chuck as your father in law. That would be a dream.  What a waste that his son-in-law doesn’t like sports.


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