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Matt Barnes Wants to Run for ‘Mayor, Governor or Whatever’ by Age 50 (Watch)

Matt Barnes and Rachel Uchitel
Matt Barnes appears on the podcast Miss Understood with Rachel Uchitel

*Mayor Matt Barnes?

The former NBA player says he’s seriously considering a career in politics for his next chapter in life. During an interview with Miss Understood with Rachel Uchitel, Barnes explained: “I just turned 43 yesterday, and I gave myself a goal back in my 30s that by the time I turn 50, I wanted to run for some sort of office, whether that be mayor or governor or whatever it may be,” he said, per TMZ. “It would be refreshing. It’s not something people expect, but I know I can make a difference.”

Barns continued, “I still got seven years before that time is up. More than anything, whether I end up taking on that challenge that I gave myself 10 years ago or not, I just want to continue to show people hope, give people opportunities, and inspire the youth, because I feel like in our communities, you have to see it to believe it. I always want to be a symbol of hope—of someone who made it out of tough circumstances.”

The 6 ft 7 in California native said of his philanthropic goals: “I try to use my platform to speak up for those who don’t have a platform or those who don’t have a voice. I think I’ve been misunderstood my entire life. I try to give back, I try to motivate, I try to educate.”

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Matt Barnes attends weigh-in ahead of scheduled match between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul on June 5, 2021
Former American basketball player Matt Barnes attends the weigh-in ahead of the June 6 exhibition boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul on June 5, 2021 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Barnes played 14 seasons in NBA after being drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 draft. He finally got an NBA championship ring with the Golden State Warriors during his final season in 2017. Currently, he works as a basketball analyst for ESPN and co-hosts his own podcast, “All the Smoke,” with fellow ex-NBA star Stephen Jackson.

Watch the full Miss Understood with Rachel Uchitel podcast below.

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