Posted on May 22, 2014 at 5:47 PM
San Antonio Spurs fans serenaded Charles Barkley with the requisite “Barkley sucks” chants on Wednesday night, in response to the TNT analyst’s continued verbal assault on the city.
Barkley heard their complaints, carefully considered the impact of his words, then issued a tearful, formal apology to everyone he offended with his off-color jokes. Kidding. He told them they sucked too.
During a postgame interview with Spurs guard Danny Green, Barkley shared his thoughts.
“I don’t know if you can hear, these San Antonio fans are telling me that I suck. I just want them to know they suck too.”
The best part was Kenny Smith immediately repeating the comment with a hint of feigned disbelief, as if he was calling a WWF match from 1984.
“Most of the people in San Antonio been great to me and they can take a joke. One advantage I always have is it’s easy to say words, but they won’t come to my face to say it because I’ll beat [them] down. Talk is never going to hurt me, but if they get too close, I’m-a beat ‘em like a drum.”
It’s been said before, but it always bears repeating: Charles Barkley can say anything he wants and get away with it. There’s no one else on television who could threaten to beat up a segment of people, jokingly or not, and get away with it. Barkley says this and people love him more.
The Inside the NBA crew is scheduled to be in San Antonio next Thursday for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, though judging by the Spurs dominance in the first two games of the series, they may not have to go back. For the sake of good television, let’s hope Oklahoma City grabs at least one win at home so the love affair between Sir Charles and San Antonio can continue to bloom.