Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  39 responses

Nike Shielding LeBron James from Charles Barkley’s Criticism?

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Charles Barkley have a complex relationship, as they all draw checks from the same corporate entities … but it’s also Chuck’s job to sling verbal arrows at the two players on television. Barkely tells the Miami Herald that Nike had to check him shortly after “The Decision” for his criticism of ‘Bron ‘Bron: “About his comments tweaking the Heat, Barkley said: ‘I don’t know if Dwyane’s upset with me, but I don’t sit around and worry about it.’ He said LeBron James hasn’t said anything to him. ‘These athletes today are all wussified,’ Barkley said. ‘I’ve been saying LeBron’s been the best player in the league for three years. And I say one thing criticizing The Decision, and I get a phone call from Nike saying why don’t I like LeBron? It’s interesting how this [expletive] works. These groups today, if you don’t say 100 percent positive about their guy or their team, they overreact.’”

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  • Brandon

    Wow…big brother is watching

  • MLK4Life

    First they try to hide him getting dunked on a few years ago. And now this.

  • Scu11y

    Nike made millions off chuck’s outspokenness. (I am not a role model) They can’t whine bout it now…

  • bull22

    true dat charles barkley, stick to your guns man! i hate behind kissers, and you certainly have proved to not be one, thats why i watch you because you are an honest brother……

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    …and Chuck also made millions off Nike selling shoes off his outspokenness. AND he still gets mountains of swag from Nike despite not currently selling anything for them. A corporation unhappy that someone it sponsors is badmouthing someone else it sponsors? Yes, Charles, it’s funny how this sh*t works.


    Barkley never made money for Nike like Labron
    Only mj can make that claim
    Bron is making so much for Nike that in a couple years the swoosh
    Won’t be on his shoe

  • T-Money

    Ummm… if you want to say whatever you want about Nike players than stop getting checks from Nike. You think ESPN employees can say whatever they want about, say, Bill Simmons or Reilly? Of course not.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com/ Chris_Griff_3

    Barkley’s right.

  • tom

    “Scu11y Posted: May.26 at 9:13 am
    Nike made millions off chuck’s outspokenness. (I am not a role model) They can’t whine bout it now… ”
    can´t be said any better

  • Jamal

    Lebron is a wuss. He’s right. All of a sudden lebron acts hard this year. puffing his chest out all the time etc. kneeling down and and praising the lord for getting past the second round. the guy is soft and wuss. he doesnt even play defense. lagging behind a play to run up and try to block a shot from behind is hardly playing defense. LEBRON IS A FRAUD PERIOD.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    damn, he’s STILL getting Nike money??

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    The Barkley Clause: “I am not a role model. I am not a spokesperson. I am not a company man. I am not brand loyal. I am a free thinker, and I say whatever I want, and that includes flipping off the audience at a live broadcast.” Where do I sign?

  • Jake

    Im assuming he still gets money from the barkley shoe that was just re released. Still, its stupid that people have to sensor their opinions of each other. Kobe fine was bs, noah fine was bs, nike trying to sensor chuck to protect their # 3 selling basketball endorsee is bs. Maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Anyone ever find out who LABRON is? Kills me every time I see it. Byebye for the win!!

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    25 years later, I think Nike should know by now how Chuck gets down. He’ll say anything…

  • robb

    This shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Y’all see how much clout The King yields?

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    I think LeBron is doing anything to prove Barkley wrong without Nike company.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    LeBron has the best selling jersey.
    So even though he has his critics Nike shouldn’t care.


    Face it people Labrons name rings the cash register
    Who had the Internet going nuts even when they weren’t even playing
    Who had a video tape consfiscated who has the power to take over espn an make them find sponsors for their own network then had the world wondering what team they were going to play for who had the power to have grown men crying cause he left their team and or didn’t choose their team

  • Cizzo

    Why is Lebron so sensetive? I never seen a tender duded as big as him since Amechi came out of the closet about his true sexual orientation.. somebody make Bron and Wade see their Pediatricians please? Nike is loosing props for try to coddle their cry baby atheltes… Pitifull!

  • Cizzo

    Quit calling Lebeoch the king or a king.. he is a assistant……

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @Cizzo Please, if anything Wade’s been relegated to 2nd option.

  • http://slamonline Brion

    @Jamal…”Lebron doesnt even play defense”? Are you talking about the same Lebron whos virtualy shut down this years MVP in the 4th? Just saying.

  • http://www.listerblister.blogspot.com rainman10

    why would u have to say “virtually”?

  • Jake

    Well, first of all byebye… Are you aware that lebron isn’t even nikes most marketable athlete?

  • dsleepy

    plz stop saying labron

  • hooperster

    is it just or does anyone actually wear lebrons shoes? only people in china buy them. i ONLY wear jordan gear, but will wear kobe’s from time to time. lbj’s shoes are spaceboots, and i dont like seeing his big jaw on my shirts.

  • brando

    People just hate Lebron because he’s the best player in the world. You don’t see as many people hating on crybaby Kobe do you? You know why? Because he isn’t the best at what he does.

    Moral of my story is people always hate the best at something.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    Money talks.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    @ Brando Going by your “moral”, does this mean that everyone including and especially your gal loves you because you’re terrible at every single thing you do.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Is there some backstory to the Labron misspelling?

  • http://slamonline.com The Ambassador

    CB34>LBJ6 ALL DAY!!!


    Preach it Sir Charles!

  • R-C

    Nike is making way too much money off us all from the players to the fans buying Nike’s overpriced stuff , whatever it maybe.
    Who really cares if those over paid people are being told what to say or do, they just putting on a show for us.
    The old school Nike’s was the true deal in the M.J time.
    Now there stuff is coming from some under paid people from some place in the world making Nike’s stuff and we are still paying top dollar.
    Nike should let Chuck do his thing and make more money from it,
    I agree for Chuck go after it and speak your mind.

  • flipnoyce

    Chuck could say whatever he damn please, he’s a grown ass men. No one should be offended specially Nike, they’re all making millions from every single fools who racks NIKE’S, or Jordans including myself.

  • Ronald

    @Ryne: That seems kinda unfair seeing how Nike has retroed Chuck’s shoes over and over and over again. They are still making money of shoes that he wore as a player. It is debatable whether Chuck made the shoes popular though.

  • sharon,Hines

    charles stop hating on my lebron CMOM

  • http://dude Chukaz

    I hate lebron’s shoes but his other gear’s pretty tight. I really like how the lbj logo looks on clothes. His shoes are whack tho. All of Kobe’s gear is tight but i don’t like low cut shoes so i’d never wear his shoes on the court