09/24/2012 08:36 am ET

Charles Barkley On Tiger Woods: 'I Wish I Could Put Some Of My Blackness In Him'

Tiger Woods didn't think much of Greg Norman's recent comment about him being intimidated by Rory McIlroy, joking about it the night before the Tour Championship. Charles Barkley also had a problem with Norman's remarks but was especially put off by Woods' good-natured response.

The former NBA great joined ESPN's Waddle and Silvy’s radio show in Chicago on Thursday and said he was "disappointed" with Woods.

"How long is he going to let people say to him anything about him? I would like for him to just blast Greg Norman," Barkley said as he wondered why Woods insists on taking the high road. "I don't understand why he just lets people treat him any type of way. I wish he would just go ballistic on Greg Norman. You just can't let people say anything to you about you when you're minding your own business. Tiger's always taking the high road. I wish I could just put some of my blackness in him."

When asked what that means, Barkley indicated "toughness" but not necessarily "mental golf toughness."

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Barkley has never shied away from weighing in on Woods (or any other topic), who he described as a "brother" in the summer of 2011.

When Woods struggled in the 2011 PGA Championship, Barkley said watching him play so poorly nearly made him cry.

How did he feel as Woods squandered an early share of the lead at East Lake to finish tied for eighth at the Tour Championship?



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