Charles Barkley can't seem to avoid trouble in bars. The Houston Rockets' star was arrested early Sunday for hurling a bar patron through a plate-glass window after the man tossed a glass of ice at him.
Police said Barkley told the victim as he lay bleeding on the ground: "You got what you deserve. You don't respect me. I hope you're hurt. For all I care, you can lay there and die."Jorge Lugo, 20, was treated at a hospital for a minor laceration to his upper right arm.
Barkley was charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest without violence, police said. He was jailed for five hours before being released on $6,000 bond.
Barkley, who was in town for an exhibition game against the Orlando Magic, was not at practice Sunday morning but was expected to play Sunday night.
Barkley has faced similar accusations before. In August, a jury rejected a $550,000 lawsuit from a man who claimed Barkley beat him up at a Cleveland nightclub. Barkley and NBA player Jayson Williams were accused of being in a bar fight in Chicago in 1992. Charges were dropped. Barkley was acquitted the same year on misdemeanor battery charges brought by a man who said Barkley broke his nose outside a Milwaukee bar.
The latest incident, at a bar in downtown Orlando, began as the place was clearing out. Barkley told police that Lugo threw a glass of ice at him and three women who were sitting at his table. Barkley chased Lugo to the front of the bar, where an off-duty officer tried to intervene. A witness said Barkley picked up Lugo and threw him through the window.
"He lifted that kid up and flung him like he was a toy and threw him into the window. He broke the whole glass," said Jerry Colon, a witness.
Barkley, however, said it was more of a push.
Friends with Barkley then tried to get him to leave, but he was stopped and arrested a half-block away.