Michael Jordan is not about to be slandered.
Recently shared comments from Charles Barkley have brought attention to his strained friendship with fellow NBA legend and Hall of Famer, Michael Jordan.
The two were close friends for many years after retiring from professional basketball, but their relationship became tense when Barkley criticized Jordan’s ownership of the Charlotte Hornets.
During an interview on “ALL THE SMOKE with Matt Barnes & Stephen Jackson” in February, Barkley shared the details of their last conversation, which was far from pleasant.
Jordan expressed his disappointment, using explicit language, and questioned Barkley’s loyalty.
“He called me and the last thing I heard was ‘Mother (expletive), (expletive) you. You’re supposed to be my boy.’ I said ‘Man, I gotta do my job.’ We haven’t spoken since that night.”
Since then, they have not spoken. It’s not difficult to understand why Barkley criticized Jordan’s tenure as the Hornets’ owner.
Over his 13 seasons of owning the franchise, the team’s performance was lackluster with a record of 423-600 and no playoff success.
The last time they made it to the playoffs was in 2016, where they were eliminated in the first round by the Miami Heat.
Recently, Jordan sold his majority stake in the Hornets for a staggering $3 billion.
Despite the criticism of his ownership, it proved to be a lucrative investment as he initially purchased the franchise in 2010 for $275 million. Jordan is widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time.
He led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA Championships during the ’90s, won five MVP awards, and held numerous scoring titles throughout his career.