Charles Barkley has no love for ex-agent: ‘I’d blow his damn brains out’
When Charles Barkley gets on a roll, the former NBA superstar-turned-analyst of course can be frequently provocative, often controversial and sometimes downright outrageous. Count the vitriolic comments about his former agent, Lance Luchnick, all of those things if not more.
The outspoken analyst made an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Friday morning, and brought up his ex-agent, someone Barkley does not hold in high regard. In fact, it appears the NBA great absolutely despises the man. So much so that he insisted he would shoot the man if given the opportunity. Barkley claimed Luchnick stole from him, something he characterizes as the worst thing a person can do.
“He stole all my money. He’s a scumbag,” Barkley said, as transcribed by The Los Angeles Times. “If I see him this day, I’d blow his damn brains out. I hate that SOB.”
When provided the opportunity by the host to back down a bit from his comments, Barkley refused.
“If I could have a gun, I would,” he said. “I probably won’t have a gun when I see him, but I’d probably beat his [butt] down like a dog.
“‘Cause that’s like the worst thing you could do [to] somebody, Dan, is steal from them. When you steal from somebody, you are saying to them, ‘I don’t respect how hard you worked for your money.’ When somebody steals from you, that’s what they’re saying.”
Barkley’s most recent comments are consistent — albeit less inflammatory — with what he has had to say in the past about Luchnick. In a 2007 book entitled, “Money Players: A Guide to Success in Sports, Business & Life for Current and Future Pro Athletes,” Barkley is quoted discussing his soured relationship with his ex-agent, which ultimately resulted in him winning a $5 million judgment against Luchnick, although by that time Luchnick had filed bankruptcy.
Barkley said he made a mistake by trusting Luchnick to both be his agent and financial adviser. And now it’s safe to say he doesn’t care much for the man, to put it mildly.