Ex-NBA player Barkley attacks parent at kids’ basketball game

erick-barkleySpectators of a recent 3rd grade AAU game got shocked, when former NBA player Erick Barkley, who was coaching one of the playing teams, got upset and lost his temper.

Former Portland Trailblazers guard was was coaching a game in Ardsley, New York and according to the New York Post, became upset because he felt a player on the opposing team was ineligible.

“Before the game, Barkley got into a beef with the father of a kid on the other team. Barkley said the kid couldn’t play because he was on more than one team,” said a parent. “After a half-hour of arguing, the kid was allowed to play.”

But as soon as the game was over, a heart-breaking one-point loss for Barkley’s squad, he allegedly walked over to the father and punched him several times.

Police were called, they cuffed Barkley, intending to arrest him, but the victim declined to press charges even though the assault was captured on someone’s cellphone.

Despite Barkley’s alleged antics, there appeared to be some sympathy for him in the wake of the incident. One parent was surprisingly uncritical.

“He’s not a bad guy,” the parent said. “He just likes to beat people up.”

Days before the incident occurred, Basketball Stars of New York wished Barkley a happy birthday and lauded his work with the kids on the team.

Barkley spent the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons with the Blazers and scored a grand total of 77 points in the NBA as a reserve.

Barkley played a total of 27 games in the NBA (4 started), averaging 2.9 ppg, 1.5 apg in 9.9 minutes per game.

He is probably better known as the starting point guard at St. John’s University.

Barkley averaged 16 points and 4.5 assists per game in 1999-00 for the Red Storm while playing alongside Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest).


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