TAMPA (CBS TAMPA) — Charles Barkley has a lesson in toughness – and “blackness” – for Tiger Woods.
After former golf pro Greg Norman challenged Woods in his public declaration that rising star Rory McIlroy was intimidating the living golf legend — Barkley is now asking Woods to tap into his inner Sir Charles ego.
“I would like for him to just blast Greg Norman,” Barkley told the Waddle and Silvy radio show in Chicago.
In the show, Barkley said Woods should go “ballistic” on the fellow golfer, whose resume is a bit shorter than Woods’ despite admitting he has an excellent ongoing career.
But Barkley didn’t let it end there.
“I wish I could put some of my blackness in him…like toughness,” Barkley said.
Barkley went on to say that he has personally built up a reputation for standing up to attacks on his talent and reputation on-and-off the basketball court.
Regardless of the boastful former NBA star and current TNT sports analyst’s fiery comments, Woods will most likely respond in the way that he has in the past – by stepping up to the challenge on the golf course.
Barkley’s advice may not be given any attention from Tiger himself, but many others apparently listen to the outspoken analyst. In April, Barkley won a Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Studio Analyst” for his work on the five-time Emmy Award-winning postgame show, “Inside the NBA.”