Barkley believes that he has a responsibility to criticize others, including his friends, if it is warranted and he has no credibility if he doesn't do so.
"And what I said, I think that he doesn't have enough people around him that are gonna tell him, 'No.' And he got really offended, and we haven't spoken. I'm gonna do my job because I have zero credibility if I criticize other people in the same boat and not criticize my best friend... I got an ego too, John. You can be great at something but that doesn't give you the right to be a jerk... He got my number."