"For some reason people don't like them and until they win big, every little thing they do is going to be over-criticized," Barkley said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Same thing with LeBron (James). There are certain people that the media just don't like ... We've all yelled at coaches and players in the heat of the moment. Is it something personal? No, it's a very emotional game."
Cutler was seen screaming at J'Marcus Webb and later bumped his left tackle during the Bears' 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 13. Bears nickel back D.J. Moore said on Monday that Cutler was wrong for making contact with Webb.
After admitting he shouldn't have shoved Webb, Cutler said Wednesday that he is moving on from the incident. Barkley said that won't be a problem for the players.
"Players don't care about that stuff," Barkley said. "It's the people in the media that keep it going. They want to keep it going because, especially in football, you've got a whole week in between games and there's nothing going on. It makes great 'Who's side are you on?' (debate). But players don't think about that. They always talk about bulletin board material. If I had a coach who sucked so bad he had to bring me something somebody said about me on TV or in the newspaper, I'd punch him in the head."