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Nike Called Charles Barkley About his LeBron James Negativity

Somehow this NBA postseason has turned into a clash between Charles Barkley and the Miami Heat. Last week Chuck called the Miami Heat a whiny bunch which didn’t sit well with fans. They also didn’t like that he picked the Chicago Bulls to win the series, so they let him have it during TNT’s postgame show after Game 3. Chuck responded with a double bird to the fans.

Most of the problems between the sides date back to last summer when Barkley criticized LeBron James for leaving the Cavs to join the Heat, completely disregarding that he had actually sold out and joined the Rockets in search of a ring late in his career! Putting the hypocrisy aside, Barkley’s negativity towards LeBron was enough to get the suits from the swoosh on the phone.

Check out what Barkley told Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald as shared by Royce Young at CBS Sports:

“These athletes today are all wussified,” Barkley said. “I’ve been saying LeBron’s been the best player in the league for three years. And I say one thing criticizing The Decision, and I get a phone call from Nike saying why don’t I like LeBron? It’s interesting how this [expletive] works. These groups today, if you don’t say 100 percent positive about their guy or their team, they overreact.”

Only Nike and Barkley really know what was said over the phone, but I have very little doubt they would put in a call to him. Nike is a monstrous business with a big brand to sell. They thrive off the image of their athletes and they try to market anything they possibly can. They believe that anything negative about their clients is bad for business, so they try to avoid it. Think about this one: if they went all George Costanza trying to make a videotape disappear, would you put it past them to call Chuck? Not at all, and frankly, that’s sad.


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  • Anonymous

    Please – they love that Charles is “opinionated”, but don’t want him talking smack about their golden child.  You can’t have it both ways.  BTW, check out this funny LeBron rap video http://www.sportshouting.com/sport-shouting-tv/86-murrayxmas/video/7-LeBron+Jimmie+F%2ACK+CLEVELAND

  • Anonymous

    Sir Charles is right – today’s prima donna athletes are “wussified”. Big time wimps who couldn’t take the fouls of NBA 20 years ago! And Nike garbage – made in China!!! Why don’t consumers enjoy the low costs of using slave labor? Ironic that all of the black athletes have no problem taking millions to endorse Nike, given their heritage with SLAVERY.

  • Shelter Alvarez

    wow you went there, Heritage to Slavery…. Kind of out of context in reference to the Topic don’t you think….

    Still Barkley is right, and the players now a days are FLOP Masters and indeed wussified kings….

  • Gabe Garcia

    I agree, that slavery rant was a little out of place. I don’t buy nike products and never will because I don’t appreciate their business practices, but talking like that about black athlete’s isn’t going to get your point across.

    Charles stick to your guns. I would do the same exact thing, because I wouldn’t want to be told how to think or how to talk about something, ever, about anything. Money shouldn’t influence your opinions 100%.