Celebrated NBA icon Charles Barkley and legendary basketball star Michael Jordan enjoyed an exceptionally close camaraderie that endured for many years. Nevertheless nearly a decade ago their cherished rapport experienced an unforeseen turning point. Upon reflection, Barkley realized he had regrets about his relationship with Jordan. His outspoken nature may have cost him a lifelong friendship.
During an appearance on the Let’s Go! With Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jim Gray podcast on November 21st, Barkley opened up about his true feelings on the matter. As per the report on BET.com. It was disclosed that there has been no communication between him and Jordan for almost a decade.
When asked on the podcast if his outspokenness had affected personal relationships, Barkley responded:
“I think losing my friendship with Michael [Jordan] was probably the most significant consequence…I faced a challenge because I expressed my true opinions honestly. I shared, “Allow me to emphasize that the greatest struggle for Michael lies in selecting individuals of higher caliber to surround himself with.” When one attains fame. There is a constant influx of people on their private aircraft. An abundance of purchases being made, yet only an exceptional few possess the courage to offer candid feedback. Thus. I make a conscious effort to associate myself with people who have the ability to bring to my attention any mistakes or misjudgments I might be making.
Barkley continued, “Michael took offense to something I said about him, and we haven’t spoken in almost 10 years. It’s disappointing because he was my best friend at the time, and I truly care about him like a brother. We’re both stubborn, and we haven’t been able to reconcile.”
Did Barkley ruin the relationship, or is Jordan overreacting? Jordan may feel betrayed by Barkley’s public criticism of his abilities as a general manager, but Barkley’s viewpoint wasn’t entirely unfounded.