In an interview on the “Mike Missanelli Show” on 97.5 FM in Philadelphia, Barkley said that him and Tiger Woods are no longer friends.
“I think that when you’re as great as he has been, and this probably is a negative at some point, like he was so consumed with being the greatest golfer ever, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. Even when was a friend of mine, he wasn’t a very sociable guy,” Barkley explained.
Barkley went on to say that golf is just a game, and that one’s life doesn’t have to be all about that game. Just like his, compared with basketball.
“Golf is just a game,” Barkley said. “Your life don’t suck … But I think when you put yourself in that situation where your whole life revolves around how you’re doing on a golf course, you’re gonna develop a negative attitude to a certain degree, instead of saying, ‘I’ve actually got it pretty good.’ It’s like people who say I never won a championship. I understand that. I accept that. But it ain’t like I’m sitting around saying, ‘Oh my God, my life sucks. This is so miserable.’ ”
Friends for years, Barkley and Woods stopped speaking after Woods’ well-publicized car accident and scandal in November 2009, and this is not the first time Barkley has been publically critical of his former friend.
As he told ESPN New York’s Mike Lupica Show in 2011: “You think you’re friends with a guy. You talk to him once a week for 15 years. You’re like, this dude is my friend, we do things, we have fun together,” Barkley said. “I haven’t talked to him in two years and I’m wondering what the hell is going on.”Follow @exnbadotcom
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