TNT basketball analyst and former NBA MVP Charles Barkley used to be friends with Tiger Woods — but he said those days are long gone.
“We’re not friends anymore,” Barkley told a caller on the Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.
Barkley said Woods is a loner.
“Well I think that when you’re as great as he has been — and this probably is a negative at some point — like he was so consumed with being the greatest golfer ever, he wasn’t a very sociable guy,” Barkley said via GolfChannel.com. “Even when he was a friend of mine, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. He just had a one-track mind. He just wanted to break Jack Nicklaus’ record.”
Woods has won 14 majors. Nicklaus won 18 majors during his career.
Woods finished in 69th place at the British Open last weekend. It was his second tournament since his back surgery on March 31. The odds of Woods beating Nicklaus’ record dwindle as each year goes by.
“Golf is just a game,” Barkley said. “Your life don’t suck. But I think when you put yourself in that situation where your whole life revolves around how you’re doing on a golf course, you’re gonna develop a negative attitude to a certain degree, instead of saying, ‘I’ve actually got it pretty good.’ It’s like people who say I never won a championship. I understand that. I accept that. But it ain’t like I’m sitting around saying, ‘Oh my God, my life sucks. This is so miserable.”
Barkley and Woods haven’t spoken to each other since news of Woods’ numerous extramarital affairs blew up in the media starting in 2009.
They used to talk at least once a week for about 15 years.