Embarrassed by his weight, retired NBA player Charles Barkley revealed plans to “disappear” to a “fat farm.”

“Listen, I am embarrassed about how fat I have become,” the Alabama native said during Game 4 of the NBA Finals. “I’ve become lazy. Number one, I’m not healthy. I’m not healthy. Y’all not going to see me. I’ve got to come back for the [NBA] awards show. But I’m taking the next six weeks to get my fat a– in shape. [I won’t be] around anything. So, I don’t drink, I’ve got to eat health[ily] and I’ve got to work out. So, I’m disappearing until I see y’all.”

When questioned by his fellow broadcasters, including Shaquille O’Neal, Barkley, 54, insisted that he was “being very serious” about his comments and had his sights set on a “fat farm” located in San Antonio, Texas.

The 11-time NBA All-Star, who stands at 6-foot-6, was previously a spokesperson for Weight Watchers’ “Lose Like a Man” program. During an interview on “Any Given Sunday” last year, the baller revealed that his weight loss struggle dated back to 2000, during his last year with the Houston Rockets, when the team cut his pay to bring Scottie Pippen on board.

“The only year that I was fat was my last year in Houston because they had promised me $12 million,” he said. “When I showed up, the contract was only for $8 million. And I said, ‘What happened to my other $4 million?’ They said, ‘Well, we just decided to keep it.’ ”

However, in 2016, he dropped 27 pounds with the help of a popular weight loss program, after topping out at 350 pounds. “I felt bloated and big,” he told People at the time, before adding that he felt better. “I feel good. My body is starting to look like a person again! I’ve been fat for a long time.”

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  • SAMUEL

    The problem with Charles is, I think he can slim down but he can’t keep it off. So you end up Like Luther Vandross who was up and down in weight and that’s even worse on the heart— plus your health over a period of time.