Charles Barkley, in an with late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien, said that golfer Tiger Woods, Jordan, and Jordan’s former Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen are among the cheapest people that he knows, Sports Illustrated reported.
“There’s nobody cheaper than Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan,” Barkley said. “Oh yeah, [Jordan is] cheap. I always give homeless people money and he will always slap my hand [and tell me], ‘If they can ask you for spare change, they can say, ‘Welcome to McDonald’s, can I help you, please?’”
The subject came up when Barkley was asked about his own tipping habits.
“I think it’s important when you’re successful, the waiter, the waitresses, the blackjack dealers, they work extremely hard, they don’t get a great salary,” Barkley told O’Brien.
“The more successful you are, the more you should tip, I truly believe that. … I never went overboard. I tipped $25,000 before. I won about $700,000 at a blackjack. You have to tip. I probably should have tipped more to be honest with you.”
Forbes estimated Jordan’s net worth at $650 million last year thanks to multiple, long-term endorsement deals and his Jordan Brand apparel company. After retiring for the final time in 2003, Jordan became majority owner of the Bobcats in 2010.
“I think that’s why [Woods and Jordan are] rich,” Barkley noted. “They don’t tip. That’s their secret to being rich, they don’t tip.”
This isn’t the first time that the outspoken TNT commentator has publicly called out Jordan for his thriftiness. Back in 2012, Barkley said that Jordan is “as cheap as they come” during an ESPN Radio interview in Chicago. He also directly criticized Jordan’s tenure as Bobcats owner during that interview.
In December 2013, Barkley told CNN’s Rachel Nichols that those negative comments had affected his longtime friendship with Jordan.
“Michael is somebody I really like as a person,” he said. “For some reason we just hit it off. It’s frustrating for me right now because we’re not where we used to be. I think he took some things I said about the Bobcats personally and it’s put a wedge between our friendship, and that’s been disheartening for me. Very disheartening. Because one minute we’re close and now it’s strained.”
Pippen hasn’t taken well to criticism about his money matters, either. Last year, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Pippen against a number of media outlets that he claimed had erroneously reported that he filed for bankruptcy.
Back in March, Barkley joked that NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was endorsing a soda so sugary that it is “spreading diabetes all across the world.”
Barkley retired from NBA in 2000, he retired as the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.
11-time All-Star, he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2006. He competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States men’s basketball team.
Barkley was a prolific scorer and a great rebounder, who holds career averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 36.7 minutes on the court.
Barkley led the league in offensive rebounds for 3 consecutive seasons, and holds a personal record of 14.6 rebounds per game achieved in 1986-1987 season.
Scoring wise, Barkley never in his career averaged below 14 points per game, reaching a career-high 28.3 ppg for Philadelphia during 87-88 season.
He played in 1073 NBA games, starting in 1012 of them.
Barkley was one of the NBA’s most versatile players and accurate scorers capable of scoring from anywhere on the court and established himself as one of the NBA’s top power forwards of all time.Follow @exnbadotcom
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