Michael Jordan can hold a grudge, and so can Charles Barkley. It doesn’t look like Charles Barkley’s long-running feud with Michael Jordan will be ending anytime soon.
The two were once rivals on the court and close friends off of it, but things would change after Barkley criticized Jordan’s moves as the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (now the Hornets).
“And what I said, I think that he don’t have enough people around him that are gonna tell him, ‘No,’” Barkley said on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night. “And he got really offended, and we haven’t spoken.”
That was well over 10 years ago and the two of them have still not made up.
“I’m gonna do my job,” he said. “Because I have zero credibility if I criticize other people in the same boat and not criticize my best friend.”
Barkley was then asked if he ever thought of calling Jordan to clear the air.
“I got an ego too, Jon. You can’t be great at something ― that doesn’t give you a right to be a jerk,” he said.
“Do you think you’ll resolve this eventually?” Wertheim pressed.
“He got my number,” Barkley said.
Jordan is reportedly on the verge of selling his majority stake in the Hornets, so maybe something will change in the near future.
Unlike Barkley who has spoken about their strained relationship these past few years, Jordan has not acknowledged him once. Back in February 2022 at the NBA All-Star Game, the NBA honored its 75th-anniversary team.
Jordan was the final player introduced, saving the best for last, and he strolled through the crowd of NBA legends handing out handshakes and hugs to seemingly everyone in sight. Everyone except for Barkley, who stood there awkwardly as he watched Jordan.