Charles Barkley pelted with t-shirts by Warriors fans after WCF Game 5 on last ‘Inside’ broadcast
Former Sixer and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley playfully feuded with Golden State Warriors fans throughout the Western Conference Finals. Still, the beef ascended new heights after Curry & Co. eliminated the Dallas Mavericks in San Francisco last night. What began as simple trash talk escalated into an all-out t-shirt throwing extravaganza, causing Barkley to brandish a coffee cup and yell at the crowd while Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith tried to calm him down.
When you check the tape, there’s clearly no love lost between Barkley and GSW fans:
Originally tweeted by Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) on May 27, 2022.
I’m firmly on Barkley’s side here. It’s not like throwing t-shirts is the worst thing in the world, but as a man of taste, Chuck couldn’t stand that they weren’t made by our friends at DSGN Tree and RushOrderTees. Well, it probably had to do with the fact that one of his least favorite fanbases was pelting him and his coworkers with free XL t-shirts, but I digress. His reaction was justified.
He gets even more leeway because one of the shirts hit him in the face, which, even though it’s just a shirt, is by definition “not cool.”
Plus, Barkley is on record saying players should be allowed to fight fans if they want, and I’m sure he wants that rule of thumb to apply to broadcasters. He wouldn’t take them all on at once, but get the Chuckster 1-on-1 with an average Warriors fan, and I have a pretty good idea of how that would end.
The most annoying aspect of this video is Kenny Smith trying to insert himself into the situation by telling Barkley to sit down. Of course, Ernie Johnson is well within his right, as he is the father figure of the broadcast team, but The Jet makes me cringe when he tries to tell Chuck to do something. If anything, Kenny telling him to sit down probably made him want to instigate further.
In all seriousness, this isn’t a good look for Warriors fans. I could do the classic “If they were Philly fans!!” routine, but I won’t. The Bay needs to shape up and respect the greats, even if one of them openly shits on you and your team constantly.
At any rate, it’d be wise for those fans to stop chirping Chuck and text their moms this afternoon. When he makes a promise, he tends to follow up…
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