“F**k that s**t,” NBA legend Charles Barkley once blatantly DENIED flying with friend Phil Mickelson despite golfer having pilot license

Phil Mickelson once urged his friend and NBA superstar Charles Barkley to fly with him, which the former completely denied.

“F**k that s**t,” NBA legend Charles Barkley once blatantly DENIED flying with friend Phil Mickelson despite golfer having pilot license

Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley (Pic Credit: Sky Sports)

The name Phil Mickelson has made headlines in recent times. The 53-year-old veteran golfer has been one of the biggest names in the industry. He has achieved huge popularity for his actions, both on and off the field. Following his switch to LIV Golf, many have gone against him. However, one name that has stood with him is that of NBA legend Charles Barkley.


The duo seem to share an unbreakable bond and have been spotted together on several occasions. This had made Barkley one of Mickelson’s trusted allies. He even called him an “annoying friend” during the American Century Championship. However, there was one incident where Barkley did not trust his six-time major champion friend and refused to fly with him.

Ever since his younger days, Mickelson has been fond of the skies and loved flying. His father being a US Navy pilot led to “The Lefty” trying his hand at flying and successfully achieving his flying license. Despite this, Barkley does not trust his pilot skills, according to Alan Shipnuck.

As per his book, “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorised!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,” Shipnuck claims that Mickelson insisted Barkley fly with him. However, the NBA superstar was having none of it and denied his request.

No f**king way, dude. F**k that s**t.
Charles Barkley on not flying with Phil Mickelson

Charles Barkley and Phil Mickelson once shared hilarious story about how their friendship began

The friendship between Charles Barkley and Phil Mickelson is considered one of the best in the sporting world. The two have been in touch with each other for more than a quarter of a century now. Many wondered how their friendship took place in the first place.

The question was a serious one for many, as both of them were from different fields. The major reason for their strong bond has been Mickelson’s wife, Amy. She was the one who introduced Barkley to Mickelson when he was playing for the Phoenix Suns.

Charles Barkley and Phil Mickelson
Charles Barkley and Phil Mickelson (Pic Credit: Golf Digest)

As the sporting duo got together to get ready for the match, they would spill the beans on the story. Amy, being a cheerleader for the Suns, knew Barkley and kept on insisting on playing a round of golf with her boyfriend Phil. Little did Barkley know that the Phil she was referring to was none other than a PGA Tour professional. As soon as he found out the reality, the NBA player could not control his excitement. Here is a video of them recalling the incident.

After that meeting, there was no stopping this duo. As for Amy and her husband, the two have been through a lot of ups and downs. The biggest one of them was when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She underwent medical treatment for 11 months and won her battle with the disease. Mickelson would later win the 2010 Masters at Augusta National and credit the win to her.


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