Barton Lies About His Amazing Basketball Career

We’re used to David Barton lying about American history, but now he seems to have branched out into Bill O’Reilly-style self-aggrandizing lies. In a talk at Charles Bible College in Colorado, Barton claimed to have played on a college basketball team that set the NCAA record for scoring per game.

“I remember when I was playing basketball, the college stuff that we did,” he said, “we started every day with a five mile run, then we lifted weights, then we had an hour of racquetball, then we had two hours of full-court basketball, then we came back for another run. It wasn’t particularly enjoyable, but in those years, our college team set the NCAA record for two years in a row of most points scored. We averaged 105, 104, 103 points a game, I forget what it was.”


He forgot what the actual scoring record was, but he seems also to have forgotten that he wasn’t on that team. The basketball team in college is Oral Roberts University, which did indeed lead the nation in scoring in 1972 and 1973. Barton graduated from ORU in 1976. There’s just one problem: He wasn’t on the basketball team. The ORU athletics website has the rosters of every team from every season and David Barton does not appear on any of them. So Warren Throckmorton called ORU and got this response:

Wondering if perhaps there was a J.V. team or if he played some other year, I called Oral Roberts University’s Public Relations’ Office to ask if Barton ever played basketball for ORU. According to the PR Office, “After checking with the Athletic Office, there is no record of a David Barton ever playing basketball for ORU.”

Looks like Barton is branching out into a whole new kind of lie. You know, like Jesus would do.

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  • Larry

    Maybe he can get O’Reilly to back him up.

  • dingojack

    That’d only happen if Billo was in a comfortable hotel some 1200 miles away!

    😉 Dingo

  • Look, the important thing is that in all of Jefferson’s writings, ALL OF THEM, he never once claimed or even suggested that Barton did NOT play for ORU. Therefore, he did.

  • Mr Ed

    Phft! I was in school working on my degree and we trained much harder, we had to we wanted to beat the Soviet team. We got up every morning ran 20 miles, lifted weights for 3 hours then 5 hours of on ice drill followed by another 20 mile run. Then it was straight to class and then the library for eight hours of studying. And you try and tell the young people of today that ….. they won’t believe you.

  • Larry


    Well, duh!

  • karmacat

    Why would he think racquetball is a way to train for basketball? I would think playing a different sport would interfere with skills for basketball

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Looks like Barton is branching out into a whole new kind of lie. You know, like Jesus would do.

    “I remember this time I walked on water…”

  • If you think this is bad, get him to tell you about the time Aerosmith teamed up with him and the other members of Run-DMC to record a song.

  • dingojack

    Don’t mention his collaboration with The Bangles!


  • dingojack

    Or the Four Seasons. Or Katrina and the Waves.


  • jockmcdock

    @Mr Ed

    Well played, sir. Luuuxury!

  • lldayo

    There’s no record of him playing because he went by another name at that time, Wilt Chamberlain.

  • John Pieret

    Come, come … he’s really being modest. He didn’t once mention that time he taught Michael Jordan the proper way to shoot a pullup jumper.

  • dingojack

    Jesus was one of his Sunday School pupils! True Story.


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