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“You help out your own people” Michael Jordan publicly bashed Charles Barkley for trying to enter politics

Michael Jordan was once asked about Charles Barkley getting into politics and the NBA GOAT was not a fan of the Chuckster's decision.

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan are two of the NBA’s most acknowledged players as they were old friends and rivals at the same time. In the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, Jordan and Barkley played together for the US “Dream Team” but however, they played in the NBA on opposing ends. While Barkley played for the 76ers, Phoenix Suns, and Houston Rockets, Jordan spent the most of his time with the Chicago Bulls. They have been on television together, most notably on the Oprah Winfrey show. The point is that Jordan has a shady past when it comes to criticizing politicians and politics and now Barkley is a part of it 

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For instance, Michael Jordan has once received harsh criticism once for not endorsing or supporting a candidate in a North Carolina race. Jordan didn’t hold back, though, when Charles Barkley, a friend who later became an adversary, said to be entering politics. He declared that he would not support someone like Barkley and MJ explained why Barkley wouldn’t succeed in politics. The relationship between the two has been tight since since Barkley made some remarks in 2012. Despite this, Barkley occasionally defends his old friend because Barkley admires Jordan’s talent but does not agree with Jordan’s strategy.

Running it back with Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley in their prime

Michael Jordan is one of the best basketball players of all time. Rookie of the Year, five-time NBA MVP, six-time NBA champion, MVP of the NBA Finals, defensive player of the year, selection to the 50th and 75th Anniversary All-Time Teams, selection to the three-time NBA All-Star MVP team, ten scoring titles, and Hall of Fame induction are among his accomplishments. As o ne of the best scorers in NBA history, he has won ten scoring titles and is known for building on the accomplishments of players who came before him, including as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Julius Erving. He is also respected with elevating the league’s prominence. 

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As a player, Charles Barkley was without a doubt the most conspicuous figure in basketball history. Although labelled as 6’6″, he really measured closer to 6-foot-4 due to his size. He was one of the finest power forwards in NBA history. With the exception of Barkley, just five other players have amassed at least 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists in their careers. Barkley had a successful career and was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 after being designated one of the 50 and 75 best NBA players of all time, being a member of the so-called Dream Team, and participating in their gold medal-winning campaign.

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Jordan and his comments about Barkley’s political involvement

Jordan still had some nagging doubts about Barkley entering politics in spite of all this. In an earlier interview that has just surfaced, he was questioned about this. He said: “Hell, no! No. No way. He’s witty, he’s smart, but he’s not a politician. He’s gotta help his own people. They’d vote for him down in Arkan…Alabama. I wouldn’t vote for him for s**t in North Carolina.” Charles Barkley was considering running as a Republican in the 1998 elections for governor of Alabama at the time but it dd not work out. In interviews over the years, he has frequently expressed his wish to serve as governor as an Independent, but it has never happened.

Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley’s long relationship came to an end as a result of Barkley’s composure regarding NBA issues. He faulted several of MJ’s decisions while in charge of the Hornets, and the six-time champion  didn’t take Chuck’s criticism well, and this strained their friendship. The two NBA legends’ bond seems to have disintegrated since then. The friendship between the two NBA Hall of Famers has not yet been restored, and it is safe to assume that MJ does not appreciate criticism of his methods of operation.

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