Charles Barkley on Draymond Green: ‘I still want to punch him in the face’
If anyone suspected that after an apology the first time around that Charles Barkley would not revisit his controversial remarks about Draymond Green, think again.
The NBA on TNT analyst was making an appearance Thursday on ESPN’s “Get Up” when he doubled-down on a desire to see someone punch the Golden State Warriors superstar in the face. This time, however, Barkley said he ought to do it.
The conversation that spawned Barkley’s punchy chatter stemmed from host Michelle Beadle asking Sir Charles if NBA fans should expect a Barkley-Green sit-down at some point.
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“He’s a real good player. He’s a nice kid,” Barkley said of Green. “I still want to punch him in the face.”
Barkley admitted afterward he was “emotional” when he made his original face-punching comment about Green a few weeks back and should not have said it in the first place. Still, Barkley has refused to back down, something that should be expected out of the outspoken and often outrageous provocateur.
For those playing catch-up, it all started three weeks ago when Barkley, reacting to an on-court dust-up between Green and New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, said of the Warriors star, “I just want somebody to punch him in the face.”
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Green then called out Barkley for the comment and invited the analyst to make good on his word.
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“He’s seen me a million times,” Green said of Barkley. “If he feels that strongly about it, then punch me in the face when you see me. If you’re not going to punch me in the face when you see me, then shut up.”
Barkley then apologized.
“I want to apologize to Draymond Green,” Barkley said on ESPN Radio Chicago. “I wasn’t literally going to fight an NBA player, and if he took it like that, I want to apologize. Just because I said something that I shouldn’t have said, I want to be man enough to apologize. I was 100 percent wrong.”
But not wrong enough not to say it again.