May 7, 2024 – During a candid interview on the “Club Shay Shay” podcast, the former Sixers and Phoenix Suns power forward recalled the profound impact of his brother’s cocaine addiction, which ultimately led to his untimely death at the age of 42. The former NBA MVP expressed deep regret and sorrow over his brother’s struggle with addiction, revealing that he had even contemplated trying cocaine himself to understand his brother’s plight.

“I almost did cocaine one time. I had put my brother in a bunch of rehabs … I ain’t never had something so strong that I would give up the NBA or my money saying, ‘I gotta do drugs,’” Barkley shared, highlighting the destructive nature of addiction.