Barkley: Tiger isn't a 'very sociable guy'


Former NBA MVP and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley is rarely one to be anything less than honest.

And, honestly, he doesn't think Tiger Woods is all that sociable.

A co-host on the Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Friday, Barkley was asked by a caller if he is still friends with Tiger.

"We're not friends anymore," Barkley answered, before entering into a slightly longer consideration of what it's like to really know Woods.

Responding to a claim from Missanelli that Woods has too far removed himself from the rest of society, Barkley said, "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. Even when 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."

Barkley later added: "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.' 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."

Friends for years, Barkley and Woods stopped speaking after Woods' well-publicized car accident and scandal in November 2009, and this is not the first time Barkley has been publically critical of his former friend.

As he told ESPN New York's Mike Lupica Show in 2011:  "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. "I haven't talked to him in two years and I'm wondering what the hell is going on."

"I'm sitting back like everyone else and saying, what the hell is going on? I just feel sad, to be honest with you. You're like, dude, who is around this guy, who has his back, who has his best interest, who doesn't want anything from him? I don't know why we haven't talked to him in a couple of years."

Barkley has repeatedly denied public speculation that he and Michael Jordan were any kind of negative influence on a younger Tiger. He's also made frequent mention - both during and after the friendship - that both Woods and Jordan are exceedingly cheap