Barkley says Heat fans 'not real fans'

Outspoken Hall of Famer made comments on ESPN show


SAN ANTONIO, Texas – It's safe to say that Charles Barkley won't be running for mayor of Miami anytime soon.

The outspoken Hall of Fame basketball player took a swipe at Heat fans this week when explaining why he believes LeBron James should return to Cleveland when he becomes a free agent.

"I hope he goes back to Cleveland," Barkley said. "Those fans in Miami are not real fans, those fans in Cleveland are real fans."

Barkley made the comments Wednesday afternoon during an interview with ESPN's "SVP & Russillo" show.

With the possibility of LeBron becoming a free agent in 2015, many believe returning to the Cavaliers would be an option for James as Cleveland is beginning to amass a young and talented roster.

Barkley hasn't made many friends in San Antonio, either. While being heckled following the Spurs victory over Oklahoma City in Game 2 in the Western Conference Finals, Barkley said, "I don't know if you can hear these San Antonio fans telling me I suck, but I just want them to know that they suck, too."

San Antonio residents, especially women, feel they had a right to be angry with Barkley after the TNT analyst made disparaging comments about the females in the home of The Alamo.

"There's some big ‘ol women down there," said Barkley. "That's a gold mine for Weight Watchers." He added, "Victoria is definitely a secret … they can't wear no Victoria's Secret down there."