I’m one of the biggest fans of Charles Barkley to ever exist in the history of humankind. Despite that, I can recognize when Barkley puts his foot in his mouth and comes off as really dumb. Such as the case in point now. The buffoonery from Sir Charles comes after golf legend Greg Norman said that Tiger Woods was intimidated by Rory McIlroy, the top-ranked golfer in the world. Tiger basically brushed it off, but Barkley wanted a more volatile response:
I would like for him to just blast Greg Norman… That situation gave everybody a chance to dump on you, and [Tiger] still tried to take the high road. I’m not a high road guy. I want him to come out and really blast Greg Norman. I wish he would go ballistic on Greg … I wish I could put some of my blackness in him … like toughness… [I’ve been] arrested eight times for fighting… just because I’m Charles Barkley, you can’t disrespect me… you just can’t say anything to me anytime you want to…
I’m not really sure why Barkley would say something as dumb as that, but we’ll chalk it up to him speaking without thinking, which is he prone to do from time-to-time. However, I do get what he was trying to say. The Round Mound of Rebound was simply being jocular, dude-ish, and the verbal equivalent of thumping his chest. He chose the wrong words, however, because does anyone really think that having “blackness” is associated with being arrested and fighting?
Now, if Barkley said he wanted Woods to be more tough that would have been fine. If he said that Woods shouldn’t have taken the high road, that would have been fine too. But to use race as being a point of dispute and confrontation is simply idiotic. I remain a fan of Charles Barkley because he is entertaining, but every now and then I have to shake my head.