Charles Oakley and Charles Barkley are two of the definitive players of the NBA in the 1990s. And they REALLY don’t like each other.
Barkley filmed a new McDonald’s commercial recently, which is part of their “Speechless Thoughts” campaign. You can see the ad here.
Oakley’s response? To call Barkley a clown on Twitter and suggest he should wear a Ronald McDonald outfit. Now that’s a mental image you won’t get out of your head anytime soon.
They forgot the clown costume for the clown. pic.twitter.com/hJm08MUTRH
— Charles Oakley (@CharlesOakley34) May 14, 2018
Apparently Oakley hasn’t been a fan of Barkley for a number of years now. The TNT analyst told the Sporting News last year that the longtime Knicks star has had animosity towards him for years, but he doesn’t understand where it comes from. In truth, it’s been one of the longest running feuds in the NBA, even getting the “Beef History” treatment from SB Nation.
The two traded some punches in a 1996 preseason game, so you know there’s some kind of serious bad blood there. After all, who throws down in a preseason game? And then there’s a story of Oakley slapping Barkley during the 1999 lockout. The Daily News story from the time dates their feud all the way back to when Barkley played with the 76ers.
Honestly, isn’t it kind of refreshing to see two basketball rivals still trading shots twenty years later instead of everybody being all friendly and wanting to team up with each other? If Barkley and Oakley were playing in today’s NBA, they’d probably end up as teammates on the Golden State Warriors.