“We had a lockout in… 1999, so the players’ union decides to fly all the players up as a sign of solidarity that we together and all of that. So, I’m standing in the hallway talking to Dream, laughing with Dream about our days in Houston, and I look down the hallway and see Charles Barkley. Well, not down the hallway, Barkley was next to me talking to this white guy, I don’t even know who he was. Some lawyer or something, I don’t know. So, I look down the hall, I see Derrick Coleman, Anthony Mason – God bless his soul – and Charles Oakley. Back in the day, those were three of the guys you didn’t want to mess with.”
“I see Oakley coming, I’m looking at Oakley, and it looks like he’s looking at me. Barkley is standing right over here. Oakley and I had gotten into something on the court, so I’m thinking, ‘Damn, I don’t want to fight this dude.’ But if I gotta do it, I gotta do it, know what I’m saying? He walks past me, walks up to Charles Barkley, and he’s like, ‘What’s that sh*t you were saying?’ Barkley just kind of looked at him, and Oakley open-hand slapped him.”
More than two decades after, not a lot of details surfaced about the incident and it remained a mystery to many if it indeed happen or not. With Brown’s full interview scheduled to air on January 13, it will be interesting how Barkley will respond to his comments should he decide to do so. Being one of the more vocal players ever, it won’t be surprising if the Inside the NBA host will let his side be known publicly as well.