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Sir Charles on Tiger: 'He's only making himself look worse'

Dec 1, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

Charles Barkley knows a thing or two about getting into trouble, both with the ladies, and the police. So on Monday he attempted to impart some of that hard-earned wisdom to his pal Tiger Woods, who is still ensconced in his Florida villa, attempting to ride out the publicity storm. Barkley knows Woods well — Tiger’s golf coach even attempted to fix Barkley’s swing — and would like to see him come clean.
Does Barkley think that Tiger’s wife was the aggressor? Charles talked about it on WIP Radio in Philadelphia, managing in the process to somehow involve Alex Rodriguez and David Letterman in the conversation.

“Well I think there is some truth on that but the problem we got is that none of us know the truth. I think the police know the truth, I do. I think the police know the truth. That is the problem right there.”

“I think he is making it worse. First of all, if, if that happened, I think all the secrecy, his statement apologizing; I am not perfect and stuff like that. I think they are making it worse. I mean I would love for him to come out and say: “Hey, we had a disagreement. I am sorry for the uproar. Please give me my privacy.” I think the public would be cool with that.”

Audio here.
Woods’ attorney, Bill Sharpe, went on the offensive today saying that Woods’ neighbors did not see any indication of him being injured in a dispute with his wife.

“But the TMZ, National Enquirer, him keeping quiet and avoiding the cops and things I think people are going to say at this point: Hey we need to know the damn truth now,” Barkley said. “In the beginning it was like maybe the dude did have a wreck but now with all the stuff coming out with bits and pieces you are like he didn’t just hit a tree or a fire hydrant cause some other stuff was going on. I think when you don’t come out and address it … I think because of Tiger and who he is I think the cops would back off of him. But I don’t think he can make them look bad. If they keep coming to your damn house and you keep telling them no, I think that is very dangerous. I am speaking from first-hand experience. You know what sir, I really apologize. It is 100 percent my fault. Please forgive me and I got to go. For those of you who try to hang around and do like Roger Clemens or A-Rod and things like that when you are kind of like, ‘I don’t know what I was taking’ and things like that. It wasn’t my fault. Man it just makes it worse.”

“Nobody is perfect. I mean that is like when that thing with David Letterman broke. I am, like, what good — I know I am going to get into trouble saying this but I am going to say it anyway — what good is being the boss if you can’t freak with the women that work with you? (Host: Yeah but she was ugly.) They were all ugly but I am just joking. I am just joking … I didn’t realize there was any other reason for being the boss.”

Charles Barkley Gives Us His Side of What He Thinks Happened to Tiger [Sports Radio Interviews]
WIP radio, Philadelphia [Audio link]
Neighbors say Woods didn’t look drunk, beaten [NBCSports]

  1. grandpashyena - Dec 1, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Why should we really care what happened in Woods’ private life. Are we so empty that we have to fill it with the misfortune of others. Do we so resent those whose success has given them an elite life style that we have to hound them and know every little thing that happens to them. This is what makes folks like Mr. Woods not want to be out in public. Appreciate him for his achievementsbut leave him the heck alone in his private life. Take care of your own situation and let the Woods take care of theirs.

  2. Greg - Dec 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Shut up Charles, taking your advice is why you have had trouble in your life. Nobody’s business including you stupid reporters that keep trying to tear Tiger down. Charles is a fat blowhard, that wishes he had Jordan’s or Tiger’s ability to focus & not reveal anything about themselves. Bottom line none of this is newsworthy, most of you reporters are like a kid with a crush on someone. You guys speculate, I call it making up lies to sell papers. Truth is none of what you guys reported is newsworthy or in most case even true.

  3. big cahoona - Dec 1, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Tiger has alot to lose, millions and millions and even more millions to protect in endorsments alone, i keep quiet too. GO TIGER

  4. Jenny Sprenger - Dec 1, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Tiger has every right to protect himself and his family from the money hungry tabloids. The N.Y. woman has stated she had no affair The despicable 21 year old Las Vegas waitress is a worthless piece of trash. Leave this beautiful family alone. Let Tiger and his beautiful wife handle their problems. The neighbors have now stated they saw Elin caring for her husband and they saw no signs of any fight between them nor any sight of any golf club that she was supposedly holding while standing over him. Enough has been explained. Tiger and his wife should be left alone now. CALIFORNIA LOVES YOU TIGER!

  5. LadyTiger - Dec 1, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Oh yeah…right Tiger, listen to Charles Barkley. Since he’s such a good friend of Tiger’s then he knows how fiercely private he is. As a friend, why have a public opinion at all. Friends have each other’s back. Shut your mouth Charles. If you were my friend…I’d be pissed. How could you go on the air and speculate about the man’s private life.
    With friend’s like you…

  6. gamblermichael - Dec 1, 2009 at 5:14 PM


  7. sbc111 - Dec 1, 2009 at 5:29 PM


  8. sbc111 - Dec 1, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Charles Barkley is just about the last person on earth I would take advice from. And, some friend. Does Barkley think that Tiger’s wife was the aggressor? “Well I think there is some truth on that but the problem we got is that none of us know the truth. I think the police know the truth, I do. I think the police know the truth. That is the problem right there.”

    Earth to Charles: the Florida Highway Patrol “is not pursuing criminal charges in this matter nor is there any testimony or other evidence to support any additional charges of any kind other than the charge of careless driving”, Sgt. Kim Montes said.

  9. Seal your lips, Charles - Dec 1, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Sir Charles…
    I like you because you’re human. However, from what I’ve heard from you, MJ and Tiger himself, he is your close personal friend. Given that, it isn’t right that you publically comment on recent events. Your role is to be supportive of him and his wife, not participate in the media feeding frenzy. Any comments should remain between yourself and Tiger. The public and media have no need to know what you think or what’s said between friends. It’s called having class.

  10. jeff - Dec 1, 2009 at 6:52 PM


  11. chucky - Dec 1, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Dam Chuck stop throwing ur friend under the bus. >:( Will you please keep it private for the Woods family. Thanks

  12. ThALiZarD - Dec 1, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Tha Chuckster needs to work on his golf swing and stop calling out his friend(suppose to be).:( Come on dude!

  13. Mary Bizet - Dec 2, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    In my view Charles Barkley is really sincere about wanting to help Tiger out. Those of you who have posted comments here against Barkley are just hoping that all the scuttlebutt about Tiger’s affairs aren’t true. Well sorry folks–it looks like they are true. This is what happens when people get into Hero Worship. When that “Hero” i.e., Tiger falls from grace they go into the denial mode. So who cares if Tiger was cheating on his wife? I for one don’t care. HOWEVER, HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A ROLE MODEL FOR KIDS!!!!! Tiger needs to GROW UP AND FAST. He has a sweet wife and two wonderful babies but despite all of that (the world on a string) he was definitely open to temptation around sultry, sexy women. Very sad and extremely stupid!!!! I would bet you my right arm you would never catch Phil Mikkelson in such a mess and that’s because Phil has morals and character thus making HIM the real champion here.!!!!

  14. YANKEES1996 - Dec 2, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    America, Stop this you are disgracing yourselves! Tiger Woods does not owe anyone and explanation about anything! He does not owe you an explanantion for wrecking his car, fighting with his wife, cheating on his wife or anything else he may have or have not done. Has the man ever appeared at your door and asked for an explanation from you about your suspect behavior?, I would be willing to bet the answer to that is NO!!
    Just because the man is a golf superstar and a recognized figure and a role model that still does not give the public or the media the right to delve into his personal life. He has been cited by the Florida Highway Patrol and he will pay his fine I assume and he will move on. If he made mistakes in his marriage he will pay for those mistakes without asking any of you for money I guarantee it. Charles Barkley, I do not think he will even ask you for assistance in dealing with these matters that you have found necessary to chime in on. Geez, Charles as the saying goes with friends like you…. If you are angry, disappointed, frustrated or anything else at Tiger Woods then don’t go to PGA events, don’t buy Gatorade, don’t buy Nike products as these are some of the goods that he endorses. But, don’t sit back and judge the man and condemn the man America as you are not qualified, and that statement most certainly includes the media and other celebrities. This is a private matter that has to do with the Woods family and the people that are directly involved and those people should be allowed to handle this situation without everyone else judging them.

  15. YANKEES1996 - Dec 2, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Mary, in your posting you said you don’t care, your tirade makes you sound as if you do!! Here is some other news for you, as soon as our kids stop using actors, sports icons and other celebrities for role models and start using their parents we will be much better off!! Look in the mirror Mary when it comes down to it, the idolizing of sports stars and celebrities (i.e. Phil Mickleson)you sound as if you are part of the problem! These people that live in the public eye are human just like the rest of us and they have problems, make mistakes and struggle with the same fears as the rest of us, it’s just that they are not permitted to make a mistake or bad decision be cause the entire media and American public are just sitting back waiting for the next sacrificial lamb. Everybody wants to handle someone elses problems it sounds like to me, afterall it has to be better than handling your own, right?

  16. BenJ - Dec 3, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Yes, you are going to get into trouble here Charles Barkley: about the final comments and a note to Letterman here too:
    Women would like to go to work and do their WORK, not (how did Barkley put it)”freak” with you because you’re the boss. You may wish to evolve a bit… or a lot. Have your attorneys explain a few related Federal laws to you. Fame does not exempt you.
    Watch it in the karma, you may come back your next life as a woman with a “freak” boss…and the boss will be ugly.

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