Charles Barkley Explains Why He Hasn’t Spoken to Michael Jordan in Nearly 10 Years
When Charles Barkley graced the hardwood for 16 NBA seasons, the 11-time All-Star never hesitated to speak his mind.
Barkley brought the same outspoken personality to his broadcast booth. He followed the advice of Julius Erving, a legend in the NBA, to be honest and not seek approval from others when he started his broadcasting career. Barkley’s candid opinions ended Barkley’s friendship with Michael Jordan.
Earlier in the week, Barkley appeared on an episode for the Let’s Go! podcast and revealed that he and Jordan have not talked in nearly a decade because of a critical remark that Barkley made in 2012 about the six-time NBA champion’s leadership as an NBA executive. Barkley considered Jordan to be one of his closest friends at the time.
” I was being honest about my thoughts,” Barkley stated. Barkley said that he was being honest about what he thought. Very few people will be honest with you.
I try to surround myself by people who will tell me if I’m wrong. Michael was offended by something I said about him. … We haven’t spoken in probably almost 10 years. … And I love the dude like a brother and we’re both stubborn and we haven’t talked.”
Jordan has previously served as the Wizards president of basketball operations and currently serves as the principal owner and chairman of the Hornets, a role that he has held since 2010. Jordan was previously the team’s part-owner and head of basketball operations.
The Hall of Famer does not believe in letting bygones be bygones. Within the last two years, Jordan’s displeasure for Scottie Pippen and Isiah Thomas was rekindled following the release of The Last Dance documentary in 2020.
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