This post was written by Chris Fedor of WKNR in Cleveland. Charles Barkley is very opinionated and it doesn’t matter about the subject. Sometimes he talks about the NBA. Sometimes he talks about the world of entertainment. Sometimes he talks about his unbelievably unorthodox golf swing. Sometimes he talks about how he wants to give up the game of golf. Whatever Sir Charles is talking about, he doesn’t hold any punches and always brings a strong opinion to the table.
Now his target is social networking. Needless to say, Barkley is not a fan of Twitter, Myspace, Facebook or even instant messaging and has a message for all the athletes and all the people that use those things on a daily basis.
Charles Barkley joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about the evolution of twitter, how much he hates it, the spat between Terrell Owens and Rodney Harrison, and whether he would want Owens on his team.
On his thoughts on Twitter:
“First of all, I’m not a damn loser. I don’t twitter. I think twittering and all that facebook crap just makes you a loser. I’ve never said to myself ‘I wonder what what’s his name is doing today.’ Shaquille O’Neal is one of my favorite people, I love him like a brother, but I’ve never said to myself ‘let me twitter Shaquille O’Neal. I wonder what he’s doing today.”
On whether Tiger or Jordan does twitter:
“I hope not. I hope they’ve got a life. Anybody who sits around and worries about what somebody else is doing and you’re following somebody else around, clearly makes you just a loser in my mind. I think the facebook stuff is stupid. People who sit around and worry about what some celebrity is doing, that’s just ignorant to me. I truly believe that. I’m not trying to be funny or anything. Somebody has no life when they’re sitting there worrying about what somebody has to say. Like ‘oh yeah I’m at this place eating or I’m at this place today,’ that just makes you a loser.”
On the spat between Terrell Owens and Rodney Harrison:
“Well I think that when you’re on TV you just say it like it is and T.O (Terrell Owens) got a little personal. That’s just the way it is. I love T.O, he’s a good friend of mine, but he’s just so frustrating to play with. It’s funny I was out with one of my friends last night watching the Carolina game, some of these wide receivers are so funny. Of course you want to get the ball to your best player, but sometimes you have to give the defense credit or sometimes the quarterback is running for his life or whatever, but to hear some of these wide receivers to think ‘yeah the coach has something against me, he doesn’t want to get me the ball,’ that’s just asinine. That’s just so stupid that it’s hard for me to believe that somebody would think ‘the coach is deliberately trying not to get me the ball.”
On whether he would want Terrell Owens on his team:
“No. (Host: Have you told him that?) We’ve never got on that conversation. I like T.O, he’s one of my homeboys, he’s from Alabama, but you have to understand something, I can understand that all great players want the ball, but this TOs fourth time. At some point you hope to say ‘C’mon man we’re not deliberately trying not to give you the ball.’ Then when you do one of those confrontational press conferences, that’s just the same thing that started in San Francisco, went to Philly, went to Dallas and is now in Buffalo, that wouldn’t be fun. Like I said, they’re not deliberately trying not to give him the ball.”