We Reminisce: Charles Barkley Elbows Angolan Player

07.27.09 10 years ago 15 Comments

One of my favorite sites, The700Level.com, points out that on this day back in 1992, in the midst of a demoralizing 38-7 (the Dream Team had reeled off 31 unanswered points at the time) destruction of the Angolan National Team, Charles Barkley decided to crack one of their players with an elbow after rampaging to an easy transition bucket. The incident happens at 3:17 of the video, but it’s worth wathing the whole thing to watch young(er) MJ, Magic, Larry Legend and Co. doing their thing…

Sir Charles’ reasoning for the ‘bow from The700Level:

Barkley claimed that it was in retaliation for Coimbra hitting him in the head as he got off a fast-break dunk, but with the US squad already leading 38-7, it was perceived as excessive on-court bullying on the part of the Round Mound. “If he keeps this up, they’re going to throw him out of the Olympics,” peeped fellow Dream Teamer Michael Jordan. David Robinson was similarly disapproving: “We’re trying to tell Charles that he can’t get too much out of control.” However, Charles continued to approach the situation with a sort of moral objectivity. “Eye for an eye,” said Barkley. “It’s a ghetto thing.”

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