Forget the “Charles Barkley has no rings” argument, after the Cavs disappointing loss to the Mavs on Monday, LeBron James got personal and went into the news archives and police reports during a vent about the NBA legend and TNT analyst.
“He’s a hater,” James told ESPN in response to Charles Barkley questioning his leadership and calling him “whiny” during a recent ‘Inside the NBA’ episode. “What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?”
“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.
“All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.”
When it comes to LeBron, Barkley might be a bit of a “hater” but if James wants to go off on people for thinking he’s being “whiny” there’s a very, very long list of current and former NBA players, members of the media and fans who agree with much of what Barkley said. I’m in that group too. But my only real issue with this entertaining war of words is if LeBron really wanted to go there and bring up off the court stuff, he had the perfect opportunity to say, “I never got pulled over by a cop and told them I was speeding because I was in a rush to get a blow job from a girl who gave me the best one I ever had in my life.” If you think that story is too good to be true, check out the police report from his 2008 DUI arrest. A hilarious police report that said Barkley also told a PD employee, “I’ll tattoo your name on my ass” if it gets him out of trouble.
Anyways, hours after the vent, whiny LeBron, who also said in the ESPN article he’s “the new Sheriff in town,” posted the following tweet…
Sometimes I gotta just make sure that i didn't lose you. Did I?!?! Did I?!?! Did I Lose You
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 31, 2017
UPDATE: Charles Barkley discussed LeBron’s comments on ESPN Radio, called him “whiny” again and said he’s not going to “get personal” and dig up old stories like LeBron did. He also said LeBron missed a lot of good stories and asked about the throwing a guy out of a window, Barkley said he told the judge he wished it was the 3rd floor instead of the first.
The following video is what Barkley told the local media after the window incident.