Nike Shielding LeBron James from Charles Barkley’s Criticism?

by May 26, 2011

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.'”