When asked if he’s still friends with Woods, the basketball icon, who was co-hosting with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly on Friday, told the caller that despite what used to be a fairly close relationship, he and Woods are no longer friends
“We’re not friends anymore,” Barkley answered.
As for when the friendship ended, that’s up for speculation. According to larrybrownsports.com, Barkley and Woods may have called it quits on their friendship in 2009, around the time of Wood’s infamous sex scandal. In 2011, Barkley admitted to Mike Lupica that he hadn’t spoken with Woods in two years.
“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 at the time. “I haven’t talked to him in two years and I’m wondering what the hell is going on.”
During that same interview, Barkley dismissed talk of him and Michael Jordan corrupting Woods while stating they had no idea the golf pro was cheating on his wife
During Friday’s radio show, Barkley offered a look inside Woods’ personality after Missanelli admitted his dislike of Woods. In Missanelli eyes, the golfer removes himself from society.
“Well 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,” Barkley explained. “Even when he was a friend of mine, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. He just had a one-track mind. He just wanted to break Jack Nicklaus’ record.”
From there, Barkley offered his opinion on some things Woods needs to consider.
“Golf is just a game. 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,’” Barkley stated. “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.”