Charles Barkley Once Destroyed a Man in Bar Fight: ”If You Bother Me, I’m Going to Whip Your A**”

Published 12/26/2021, 6:15 PM EST
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 08: Charles Barkley speaks to guests during the Julius Erving Red Carpet and Pairings Party at Premier Night Club at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on September 08, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Julius Erving Golf Classic (a PGD Global Production))


Charles Barkley is one of the most physical players the league has ever seen. His aggression and physicality were also clear in his personal life. Barkley was involved in many bar fights. One of them dates backs to 26 October 1997 in Orlando, Florida.

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This is one of the craziest bar fights Barkley has ever been involved in.

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Barkley’s bar fight:

A 5-foot-2 construction worker got into an argument with Charles Barkley, which turned ugly. Instead of taking shots at 6-foot-6 Barkley, Lugo hurled a cup full of ice at Barkley, which made him lose his mind.

Initially, Barkley ignored the man and tried to keep it cool. But Lugo’s actions made Barkley angry, to which he acted with a lot of anger. Although a police officer was present in the bar, Barkley didn’t hold back. He wrestled Lugo out of the police officer’s hand, picked him up, and threw him through a glass window.

Charles Barkley during American Century Golf Championship Party at Harrah’s Casino and Vex Night Club – July 16, 2006 at Harrah’s Casino and Vex Night Club in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)

For all I care, you can lay there and die,” mentioned Barkley while being pulled away by the police officer, according to South Florida Sun Sentinel. Barkley was obviously very drunk and was not in his senses. He took full responsibility for his actions.

I’m going to defend myself and whoever I’m with at all times. I made that clear in my years in the NBA. I will never back down from the public. They are going to respect me, or I’m going to defend myself.” Barkley made his intentions very clear before an exhibition game between the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic.

Charles Barkley net worth:

Despite all the controversies, Barkley is a legend of the game and is a popular internet celebrity. He currently is an analyst for TNT, a job that he picked up after retiring from the league in 2000.

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Barkley reportedly has a net worth of around $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He earned around $40.3 million in salaries alone during his playing days. His highest salary came with the Houston Rockets in 1999 when he earned $9 million, which amounts to around $14 million in today’s time when adjusted for inflation.

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 05: Former NBA player Charles Barkley speaks during a press conference prior to Game Four of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Despite having such a huge net worth, Charles Barkley has lost around $30 million in gambling, a hobby that he proudly talks about. Barkley’s stint with TNT has been very successful and has earned him a lot of recognition for his iconic phrases and mannerisms.

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What is your favorite Charles Barkley phrase? Let us know in the comments below.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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