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Update: TNT Pregame Show Will Be Moved Inside Following Fans' Run-In With Barkley

TNT has confirmed that the Tuesday’s Game 4 pregame show will be moved indoors following a contentious scene between fans and TNT analyst Charles Barkley during Sunday’s broadcast, when Barkley flipped off hecklers and one fan threw a towel at the outspoken Barkley.

“We are going to go inside,” a network representative told the Sun Sentinel, citing the logistical difficulties of such an open-air broadcast.

Barkley, speaking on WQAM Monday afternoon, appeared to welcome the confrontational approach.

“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.’ ”

Really, Charles? Making fun of people for working at McDonald’s? Undignified comment coming from the Round Mound of Rebound.

 

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