Aaaaaand the Tiger Woods criticism continues. This week, however, it has not been about his golf game, but about his lack of mental toughness, according to Greg Norman. Now, NBA hall of famer Charles Barkley has essentially called Woods out for being soft in his approach (or lack thereof) to the comments made by Norman.
Speaking to a radio show on Thursday, Barkley said, “I would like for him to just blast Greg Norman … That situation gave everybody a chance to dump on you, and (Tiger) still tried to take the high road. I’m not a high road guy. I want him to come out and really blast Greg Norman. … I wish he would just go ballistic on Greg … I wish I could put some of my blackness in him … like toughness … (I’ve been) arrested eight times for fighting … just because I’m Charles Barkley, you can’t disrespect me … you just can’t say anything to me anytime you want to …”
Barkley has never been known to mince words, even with regard to his friends. Sir Charles seems to care very little what the media thinks, and he is always inclined to speak his mind without thoughts of any of the possible repercussions from his words.
Tiger, on the other hand, has generally said very little to the media throughout the entirety of his career. In light of the events that transpired in his personal life a few years ago, he is likely even more cognizant of what he says, and does not say, in public.
In my opinion, Barkley has a point, although I don’t think “blackness” was the right term to use. There comes a point where a man needs to stand up for himself. Tiger does not have to say anything disparaging about Norman or McIlroy, but SOME response is warranted; even if it is some canned response along the lines of “I have the utmost respect from Greg Norman and Rory McIlroy, blah blah blah” and “I’m my own toughest critic and competition, etc, etc.”