Charles Barkley's funniest moments as he announces retirement from TNT's Inside the NBA: A mea culpa to the women of San Antonio, trash talk with fans, and advice for Jussie Smollett

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Already a Hall of Fame player, Charles Barkley is closing nan doorway connected his arsenic awesome broadcasting profession pinch TNT Sports.

'I conscionable want to say, I've talked to each nan different networks, but I ain't going obscurity different than TNT,' Barkley told NBA TV aft nan Dallas Mavericks' Game 4 win complete nan Boston Celtics connected Friday night.

TNT is entering its last twelvemonth pinch nan NBA successful 2024-25 aft being outbid by NBC and Amazon successful a reported $76 billon deal. And unless genitor institution Warner Bros. Discovery tin find a measurement to bargain into nan pact astatine nan 11th hour, TNT Sports will soon beryllium without NBA authorities for nan first clip since 1988.

And moreover if nan institution tin propulsion disconnected a miracle, Barkley intends to headdress his tally astatine TNT astatine a 4th century: 'I person made nan determination myself, nary matter what happens, adjacent twelvemonth is going to beryllium my past twelvemonth connected television.'

The somber infinitesimal connected Friday was a uncommon 1 for Barkley, who has spent nan past 24 years cracking up audiences and co-hosts successful his Alabama drawl. The 61-year-old whitethorn beryllium an 11-time All-Star, NBA MVP and Olympic golden medalist, but he'll beryllium champion remembered arsenic basketball's funnyman, arsenic seen successful's look backmost astatine his genuinely unsocial broadcasting career:

TNT analysts, from left, Shaquille O'Neal, Ernie Johnson Jr., Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley

TNT Analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson talk connected camera successful 2010


An character since childhood, nan co-star of Fox's 'Empire' was caught orchestrating a hate-crime hoax successful 2019.

Initially he said he was attacked by a group of racists extracurricular his apartment, but constabulary soon discovered that Smollett paid a brace of 2 Nigerian-American brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, to shape nan assault.

Making matters worse, Smollett paid nan brace pinch a $3,500 check, which sparked immoderate commentary betwixt Barkley and co-hosts Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith.

'America, fto maine conscionable show you something,' Barkley said successful February of 2019. 'Do not perpetrate crimes pinch checks.'

It was astatine this clip that different actor, Liam Neeson, ignited a statement by admitting to immoderate alternatively racist thoughts decade earlier, erstwhile a friend of his was allegedly attacked by a achromatic man.

Charles Barkley advised Jussie Smollett (left) to talk to Liam Neeson (right) backmost successful 2019

As Neeson told nan Independent: 'I went up and down areas pinch a cosh, hoping I'd beryllium approached by personification - I'm ashamed to opportunity that - and I did it for possibly a week, hoping immoderate [uses aerial quotes pinch fingers] ''black bastard'' would travel retired of a pub and person a spell astatine maine astir something, you know? So that I could termination him.'

The remark gave Barkley an idea, which he passed on to Smollett connected TNT.

'You wasted each that damn clip and money. You cognize what you shoulda did? Just went up successful Liam Neeson's neighborhood,' Barkley said to an uproar of laughter from his co-hosts.

Smollett yet served only six days of his 150-day condemnation for lying to Chicago police. 


The Round Mound of Rebound has admittedly crossed nan statement complete nan years.

He apologized to then-NBC big Hannah Storm successful 1997 for telling his Rockets teammates that women had nary business covering men's sports – a remark he later called 'stupid and sexist.'

Barkley has besides apologized to Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles, for criticizing nan 'dirty water' on nan statement of her autochthonal Galveston, Texas.

But for nan women of different Texas town, San Antonio, Barkley's pleas for forgiveness whitethorn person been little than sincere.

To Barkley, San Antonio was ever a reliable spot to play because David Robinson and nan Spurs were truthful fearsome successful nan 1990s. Coach Gregg Popovich continued that contented pinch nan Spurs aft Barkley became a TNT analyst, winning 5 NBA titles.

'Listen listen, I'm telling you,' Barkley told his co-hosts successful 2022. 'You cognize I deliberation it is simply a awesome city… I deliberation they sewage nan champion statement successful nan NBA.

Chuck wasn't finished.

'But they do person immoderate large aged women retired there,' he added. 'I mean, travel connected now.'

The remark was a continuation of Barkley's ongoing disapproval of nan women of San Antonio.

He did yet connection an apology, but not 1 San Antonio would person appreciated.

'I want to apologize to nan women of San Antonio,' Barkley told Johnson. 'Ernie, I had Churros past night.

'I spot what each nan excitement is about,' he said of nan fried dough. 'Them damn things are good, Ernie. Them churros are good. I spot why they sewage each them large ol' women down successful San Antonio. Them churros are nan bomb!'


Barkley has made a wont of telling NBA teams and their irrational fanbases erstwhile they 'suck.' 

Often he uses nan connection 'terrible,' which non-Alabaman viewers ridicule arsenic 'tear-bull,' but he's besides happy to instrumentality pinch 'suck' wherever applicable.  

And erstwhile approached by angry fans, he keeps it simple.  

'They [say]: ''You deliberation our squad sucks,''' Barkley told nan panel. 'I only deliberation that because they suck.'

Other times Barkley enjoys dragging retired his unscientific disapproval of teams. 

Charles Barkley, dressed up successful his Texas outfit for a broadcast during nan 2006 season 

Chuck interacts pinch nan Denver Nuggets mascot astatine nan commencement of nan 2023-24 NBA season 

When nan Knicks were struggling successful 2018, Barkley told a humorous - and apt fictitious - communicative to exemplify his point. 

'I near 2 [Knicks] tickets astatine nan edifice for 1 of my family members, and erstwhile I sewage backmost to nan edifice location was 4 tickets there,' Barkley joked. 

In 2017, erstwhile nan NBA began trading azygous games connected its streaming app, Barkley couldn't thief but flick nosy of nan lackluster $6.99 Bucks-Lakers matchup he was expected to beryllium promoting. 

'Man,' Barkley interrupted Johnson, 'that should beryllium much for illustration a $1.99 game.

'Come on, man, y'all are ripping group off!' Barkley said. 'If y'all salary $6.99 for that, y'all are getting bamboozled.'

'That should beryllium astatine nan dollar store.'


Barkley was truthful definite that 7-foot-5 Houston Rockets rookie Yao Ming would flop successful nan NBA, he told Smith he would buss his 'a**' if nan Chinese halfway scored 19 points successful immoderate 1 crippled successful 2002-03.

So erstwhile nan infinitesimal inevitably happened, Smith hatched a scheme to 'buy' a donkey, thereby replacing his ain a** pinch a genuine ass.

In nan end, Barkley obliged and kissed nan donkey's backside connected unrecorded television.

And somewhat ironically, Ming would spell connected to mean precisely 19 points a crippled complete his illustrious and injury-plagued career.

Charles Barkley kisses Kenny Smith's donkey aft losing a stake during nan 2002-03 season 

Barkley took rumor pinch an overweight Lakers instrumentality accusing him of overindulging connected donuts 


Until recently, when Barkley began losing weight connected Ozempic, nan Hall of Famer's conflict pinch nan bulge has been a regular taxable of speech connected Inside nan NBA.

Barkley, of course, tin crockery it out, too, truthful O'Neil often catches immoderate shrapnel successful these discussions.

And erstwhile 1 Lakers instrumentality was bold capable to tweet a fat joke astir Barkley, Sir Charles quickly turned nan tables.

'@NBAonTNT Charles Barkley would prime Krispy Kreme donuts for nan first prime [in nan NBA Draft,' nan instrumentality wrote connected Twitter.

Inside nan NBA was breaking to commercialized erstwhile nan station was being shared connected screen, but Barkley wasn't having immoderate of it.

'Look astatine your fat a** too,' Barkley said aft seeing an image of a rotund Lakers instrumentality alongside nan Twitter post. 'Put that dude's image backmost up. Do not spell to commercialized break!

'He gonna talk astir maine eating donuts? Look astatine his fat a**. Look astatine his stomach.'

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