Get ready for another story about an NBA personality and controversial interaction with Miami Heat fans.  Earlier today, we told you about Joakim Noah using a gay slur in a confrontation with a heckler, and now comes word that TNT will not use their outdoor set for Game 4 because of Charles Barkley getting into it with Heat fans.  Instead, Inside the NBA will take shelter in American Airlines Arena.  Here’s a Youtube vid of Barkley giving Heat fans the double fingered salute after Game 3…

Evidently, Heat fans are a little miffed at Barkley dissing their team as whiny and picking the Bulls to defeat the Heat.  I can’t blame TNT for wanting to move their studio show inside and away from fans chanting what sounds like “F&#$ you Chuck” at Barkley and going out on their airwaves.  Fans even threw towels at Barkley.  Seriously Miami?  That’s weak.  First, you have to be begged to show up on time for games, and then you throw crap at Charles Barkley?  You have three of the best players in the Association on your team including two all-time greats, you’re a heavy favorite to win a second NBA title… what’s with all the anger and outrage?  Relax and go down to South Beach and realize every NBA fan wants what you have.  As it is Charles Barkley we’re dealing with, he tries to get the last laugh as quoted in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“You know those people can yell and scream but they don’t have the hair on their (butt) to grab me,” he said. “They don’t have enough hair on their (butts) to walk up to me man to man and say, ‘Let’s do this.’

“All that yelling and screaming just makes me laugh, man.”

Barkley found Sunday’s scene amusing.

“They were telling me I suck,” he said. “They were telling me I never won a championship. Like, ‘Come on, give me something better than that, dude.’

“I always laugh at that statement, ‘You didn’t get a ring. ‘I’m like, dude, you work at McDonald’s. My life’s a lot better than yours. You relax.’

At least make fun of his golf swing instead of his basketball ability, Heat fans.  If a scene like this happens at Game 4, here’s hoping Barkley simply tells the Miami haters to FAN UP!!!!   

[South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

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