Charles Barkley, former great NBA player, and now TNT’s NBA Inside analyst never disappoint to entertain us with his opinions, quotes, and stories.
The Inside the NBA Crew was in Milwaukee for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and being in that city brought some memories back to “Sir Charles.”
Back in December of 1991, Barkley got into a fight with a weight lifter and 2 of his friends, and shared his unique technique of trying to win the fight:
“That was the night I got arrested and did my ‘Karate Kid’ impersonation — 1991. I took all my clothes off because I had these three guys who were trying to beat me up. I wanted them to think I was crazy. I remembered the ‘Karate Kid’ — these three weightlifters come up on me. And I had to take my clothes off. I thought they were gonna think I was crazy because it was snowing too. So, I thought they were gonna think I was crazy and leave me alone … But this one guy kept standing right in front of me. And I said wipe (sic) on, wipe (sic) off! And two guys backed off but one fool’s standing right there. And I hit his ass as hard as I could. I broke his nose.
“No shirt. No shoes. No problem!”
The Associated Press report from the arrest described the incident:
According to police reports, Barkley and a female friend were leaving a downtown tavern when McCarthy called out to him, “Charles, I hear you’re one of the baddest dudes in the NBA.”
Barkley told police McCarthy, and three of McCarthy’s companions then approached him, and McCarthy raised his fist, saying, “You’re so tough on the court. Show me how tough you are.”
Barkley then punched McCarthy once in the face with his left fist, police said. Two bouncers from a nearby tavern intervened and took Barkley to his companion’s car, and she drove him back to his downtown hotel, police said.
Barkley was released the next morning with a 500$ bail and had another interesting and funny story to tell.