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Charles Barkley
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March 09, 1992
It has been a Winter of discontent for the NBA's most formidable forward
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March 09, 1992

Charles Barkley

It has been a Winter of discontent for the NBA's most formidable forward

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CB: Moses [Malone] is tough on fans. Manute [Bol].

SI: What kind of heckling do you hear?

CB: Well, I don't mind just heckles. But I go crazy if I hear racial slurs. Or when they get personal on my family.

SI: Is that why you hit the guy during that game in Indianapolis a couple years ago?

CB: He was just harassing my teammates, and I went to defend one of them. It was wrong, but you know, it gets tough sometimes to control yourself.

SI: How about the guy in New Jersey. What did he say that upset you? [Barkley spit at this fan during a game on March 26, 1991, and hit the little girl in front of him instead. The league suspended him for one game and fined him $10,000.]

CB: He was just on me the whole game. It was stupid because I didn't even mean to spit on anybody. On replays I did spit downward, but you would never really know what happened. In my rage of trying to spit down, I guess it flew everywhere. That's what really hurt me the most about that. That was a good experience for me, though.

SI: How so?

CB: That made me realize that you can't let anybody get you so mad that you could make a tragic mistake, so mad that you would beat your child or hit a woman or go out and kill somebody in a fit of rage. You need to sit back and look at yourself if you're that kind of person.

SI: And yet you carry a semiautomatic gun in your car. Don't you think that puts you in a dangerous position?

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