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?