Charles Barkley jokes about Jussie Smollett during TNT halftime segment | NBA

Charles Barkley had his “NBA on TNT” teammates gasping for air, shaking their heads and averting their eyes as he joked concerning the authorized points surrounding actor-musician Jussie Smollett.

Barkley’s remarks about Smollett, checks, MAGA hats and, ultimately, Liam Neeson flustered Ernie Johnson and diminished Shaquille O’Neal to a coughing mess.

“I can not consider you, Chuckster,” Johnson stated, shaking his head, throughout the early portion of the two-minute phase at halftime of the community’s broacast of Thursday’s Rockets-Lakers recreation.

The off-camera manufacturing workers additionally sounded shocked by Barkley’s feedback. 

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Smollett’s case, which has acquired nationwide consideration, took a significant flip Thursday.

Chicago police charged Smollett with submitting a false police report after they investigated his declare that two males carrying “Make America Nice” hats assaulted him and put a rope round his neck in a racially motivated assault. Prosecutors now allege Smollett staged the assault with the assistance of two mates, whom he paid $3,500 by examine, in a ploy to stress the producers of the Fox collection “Empire” into giving him a elevate. Smollett, a member of the present’s forged, has denied these allegations.

Barkley’s remark about Neeson was a reference to the actor’s latest claims that he stalked African-People neighborhoods in England a long time in the past in search of retribution after a feminine pal informed him she had been raped by a black individual.

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