Barkley on Tiger taking high road: ‘I wish I could put some of my blackness in him’

Charles Barkley made an appearance on Waddle and Silvy’s radio program on ESPN Chicago and during what can only be assumed was a great segment — it was Charles Barkley, after all — the topic of how Greg Norman opined that Tiger Woods is now intimidated by pal Rory McIlroy came up.

And as Barkley is wont to do, when he expressed his opinion on the subject, he was provocative, insightful, and above all, entertaining. And in this case, a little sexual innuendo thrown in there courtesy of an unintentional — yet hilarious — double entendre.

To play catch up with the story, golf legend Greg Norman said recently that he believes Tiger Woods now is intimidated by Rory McIlroy, a notion something both Tiger and Rory scoffed at, even cracking jokes about the absurdity of it all.

But here’s what Barkley had to say about how he believes Woods took the high road, and if he were Tiger, he would have torn Norman a new one for making such a ludicrous statement:

“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 wish I could put some of my blackness in him? Easy there, Chuck. I know you guys were good buddies at one point but have drifted apart since Tiger’s very public downfall (by Tiger’s choice, apparently), but let’s take it down a notch, okay?

But seriously, Barkley is absolutely right. Colorful, yes, but dead-on accurate. More or less, Tiger has taken the high road since his whoremongering came to light. He remains capable of being aloof at time, but Woods had every right to blast Norman for making the comment.

(to hear audio of Barkley’s comments, head on over to The Big Lead)

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17 Comments

  1. ThaTruth

    September 22, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Ive been arrested 8 times..WOW thats something to brag about and be proud of! Charles, why dont you shut your racist mouth. Whats the saying, you can take the man out of the ghetto, but you can never get the ghetto out of the man. Aint that the truth. Why is it always a black thing? Why cant he say “Tiger, just grow some nuts”? Tiger is a puke, and now his career is over..He’s falling apart too due to the cycles of juice he was running through his veins back then. Its all coming back to get him now. Hang it up Tiger, game over..Thanks for playing. And Charles, go back to the retirement home and change your depends. Youre all washed up and old news, stay out of it. Nobody wants to hear your big, ignorant mouth. Go place some bets , Sir brokeness.

    • Jiminsandiego

      September 22, 2012 at 6:30 am

      Amen to that. Barkley is a moron. So is Tiger as well.

    • janice

      September 22, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Tiger is falling apart because he loved white people and white women to much, and when he found out they did not care about him back that is when he lost it, just like oj, you will not fit in there world, and the black man needs to begins to understand the better things will be..and charles barkley needs to shut up, he has a ungly white wife, that he never seen with, so there is no blackess there charles, so please shut up..

      • chachi

        September 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

        …janice, you need to learn english because we can’t understand half of what your talking about. Once you get english down please join the rest of society in the 21st century. Tiger’s problems didn’t stem from loving white women, his problems were the result of cheating on his wife…basically being a philandering scumbag. OJ’s problem wasn’t that he had a white wife, his problem was that he was possessive, abused her and then slit her throat. His problem wasn’t “white people” any more than a white person can legitimately use “black people” as a scapegoat. Blaming another group for your problems is an excuse for the weak.

        • Chris

          September 22, 2012 at 11:12 am

          Chachi; I agree with your opinion, just want to stay out of the opinion you gave Janice. I’m not disagreeing with you; I am just staying out of that one in particular.

    • Chris

      September 22, 2012 at 11:05 am

      I agree that Barkley has fame issues. What I mean is he let the reality from his logic go from his success. My comment here is opinions are like A-holes, everybody’s got one!

    • rock livs

      September 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

      I agree with you..Barkley is a big mouth bigot and tiger is a pussy cat.

  2. T. Adams

    September 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Personally I think Barkley is hilarious. He has earned his right to be himself, whoever that is. What negative idiots, or is it sourgrapes? Tiger did nothing the former presidents Kennedy and Clinton did. When they did it, it was a private matter, but let a sports figure make a human error, and OMG, what self righteous SBs, and probably hypocrites too. They are sports figures and as long as they give me good sports, I am one happy sports freak.

  3. BosFanIn Chgo

    September 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

    janice & chaci. Chaci:Janice is conveying the sentiment of a large segement of the black community on interracial relationships. There is a huge feeling that when we become successfull, one of the strappings of said success is to have a caucasian relationship. Base on our experience in America where black men have been lynched (emmitt till) for looking at a white woman, this is a huge issue for both sides of our gender. If you add slavery to the equation, under our present world system these feelings will not go away. We revel in the fact an individual who choses white has these horrific calamities occur.

    Janice: Chaci feels you love who you love and that in an ideal world we are all of the same flesh & blood under God’s eyes. I have 1st cousin’s who are married to jewish, korean, and japanese, with two of the three still married in great relationship’s with great peoole. After my father separated from my mother he dated woman of all races who were great people.

    Until the Christ changes the current system, these positons will not change.

  4. Tom B

    September 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Barkley is an Auburn man. What do you expect?

    He was good friends with Rush Limbaugh – until he realized that many members of the media were questioning it for political reasons. He dropped Limbaugh unceremoniously. Loyalty isn’t an Auburn trait apparently.

  5. Dee W.

    September 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Tiger is nothing like O.J., O.J. was not trying to live in a white man’s dream, he did live there, but wanted to cry racism when he actually committed a crime. In other words, he used that ‘black man with a white woman’ argument to prove white people had it in for him, he was full of it, the bastard reaped what he sowed as a murdering bastard that almost beat the heat. Thank God for Nevada.

    I can understand Charles complaint because it is typical that people of our race are not nice and humble when someone disses us. We diss back. He put it in a very racial way but not an untrue way. You can even look at a textbook comparison, Michael Jordan was a cheater too, he also is a big gambler, etc, not a racial thing at all, he was attacked by the media but his reaction was just as Charles described, Jordan pointblank told them he handled his business report on his work of basketball and that’s it. Everything else was off the table and none of their business. And the press left it alone because he was not polite when he said it. Sometimes Tiger is too nice, like people calling him names because he cheated, why, his business, he needed to tell people to fluck off! His business, his personal business, he owes us a great game of golf and the rest of what you think ya’ll can all go to hell along with your asinine opinions of him. And when Norman said what he did and he was asked about it, Tiger should have said, ‘WHO?’ Norman may have tanked games because of intimidation, but I Tiger, tank because I Tiger am my biggest competition, I need to stop kicking my own ass and just play.’ I don’t think Tiger’s lack of aggressive answers is a race thing I think he has his mom’s beliefs as far as being all zen and such and smiling is the best answer to a punch. But sometimes I just wish he would just he would say, ‘middle finger, bitches!’

  6. John M Conley

    September 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Barkley has blackness? You could have fooled me. Ignoring the Tulsa race riots in the early part of the 20th century, Barkley once spewed….”I didn’t know there were any blacks living in Oklahoma.”
    Any more of Barkley blackness and he’d be white. What an ignorant, insensitive buffoon.

  7. Mexoplex

    September 24, 2012 at 7:34 am

    funny how Barkley and Woods are these big a’holes, but the same douche-bags bitchin and moanin’ on here are the same ones who buy $1k tickets to see them play. and if they could attend an event with them TODAY, they would without thinking about it. effin hypocrites.

  8. Tommy Fitz

    September 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I have no sympathy for Tiger, He dug his hole now sleep in it. Greg Norman is at least “Man” enough to call it likes he sees it. Norman has never backed down from anybody and is a productive and very successful individual in society. If you get caught lying, cheating, and whoring around on your wife, then you reveal all your crap that no one really cares about in the first place.

  9. itsfun

    September 24, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Would I be a racist if I wanted to give some of my whiteness to someone?

  10. Doc Savage

    September 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Barkley’s a [bleep]ing minstrel, deal with it.

  11. DocLandis

    September 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Barkley doesnt need to ease up on anything, or any one. Sir Charles has EARNED the right to say what he thinks, when he want to say it.

    You may think he needs to lighten up on the delivery, but his comments have the truth meter is fully pegged.

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