Charles Barkley is one of the NBA’s best players never to win a championship. And he is very outspoken. Here’s a crazy story about Barkley.
In an Orlando bar in 1997 Barkley found himself in an altercation where someone threw a drink over him.
Barkley picked up the man, who was a foot shorter, and threw him through a glass window.
“What [police and witnesses) said happened, happened,” Barkley said.
“What he did was inappropriate. I’m going to defend myself. Let there be no debate. If you bother me, I’m going to whip your ass. The guy threw ice in my face, and I slammed his ass into the window. I’m not denying that. I defended myself. He got what he deserved.”
The night before, Barkley had arrived at the bar between 11 and 11:30 p.m. An off-duty officer working at the nightspot, Jeffery Williams, said Barkley had been relaxing and signing autographs.
Carrington said Barkley had tried to avoid a confrontation. She was sitting at a table with Barkley, Drexler and others when it started. She said Barkley ignored Lugo as he shouted curses and threw a cup of ice. She started to confront Lugo, but Barkley persuaded her to ignore him.
“Charles grabbed me. He said, ‘Leave it alone. They’re just trying to cause problems.’ ”
But Lugo returned, she said. When he threw a glass, hitting Carrington in the jaw and knocking her off her chair, Barkley got angry, she said.
Carrington, whose face was bruised, was wearing a neck brace later Sunday. She said she watched Barkley run outside and grab Lugo.
“He was fine,” she said. “They started putting him in the cuffs. He gave them his wrists. He respected the officers.”
Mark NeJame, Orlando lawyer representing Lugo, invited photographers to take pictures of his client but would not allow questions.
NeJame said Lugo was “experiencing serious head pain” and taking medication.
“All of a sudden he finds himself being chased and hunted and being literally picked up and thrown through a window like a sack of potatoes, “NeJame said.
NeJame said his client, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall and 110 pounds, has witnesses to corroborate his version of the events.
“He did not throw either ice or the glass,” NeJame said. “It’s not to say somebody didn’t, but it wasn’t him. ”
The police report said five witnesses, including a bar employee, said they saw Lugo throw the glass at Barkley, hitting the woman in the face.
Orlando police Sgt. Jeff O’Dell said there was no indication alcohol played part in the incident. Officers haven’t decided whether to file battery charges against Lugo.
The officer said he told Barkley: “Charles, I will handle this. Let go. Charles, let me take care of this. ”
Barkley responded: “I will not hurt him. I just want to talk to him.” When the officer radioed for assistance, Barkley grabbed Lugo. “I looked up and saw the arrestee holding the victim up in the air by his arms, at which time the arrestee threw the victim into a plate-glass window,” the officer wrote.
After Lugo went through the window, “I grabbed the arrestee and pulled him away from the victim, who had slumped to the ground and was bleeding from a laceration on his upper right arm, ” the officer said.
Barkley taunted Lugo twice, police reported. The first time, Barkley told Lugo: “You got what you deserve. You don’t respect me. I hope you’re hurt.”
The report said officers pulled Barkley away, but he stepped back and said, “For all I care, you can lay there and die.”
Barkley told reporters: “I’m always a target, but I’ll never back down. The public does not have a right to do things to you.
” If you bother me, I’m going to whip your ass. The guy threw ice in my face, and I slammed his ass into the window. I’m not denying that. I defended myself. He got what he deserved.”
Aggravated battery is a second-degree felony with a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. Resisting arrest without violence is a first-degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to a year in jail.
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