When Tiger Woods disappeared from view after that fateful night when his wife Elin didn’t smash his car window with a golf club, Charles Barkley–Tiger’s alleged good pal–was left as in the dark about Tiger’s plight as everybody else. Since he couldn’t get in touch with the golfer, who went off the grid for a while and into sexual addiction counseling, Barkley reached out to Woods through very public channels to express his support and profess his continued loyalty. Woods didn’t seem to think much of Barkley’s proclaimed fidelity–he never responded.
It’s been years since the two have spoken, after “talking once a week for fifteen years.” Barkley was on the Mike Missanelli Show”on WPEN-FM in Philadelphia this week talking his usual mix of provocative wisdom/nonsense. The basketball star-turned-TV personality talked about Stephen A. Smith’s recent controversial comments on a rape victim’s “responsibility” and about the decline of Ryan Howard, the Phillies superstar. But it was Woods, as usual, who made headlines. “We’re not friends anymore,” Barkley said about Tiger. Still Barkley, ever generous, couldn’t help but offer Tiger just a little advice, in case his former friend happened to be tuned in: “Golf is just a game,” he said to the ghost of Woods. “Your life don’t suck…”