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Charles Barkley, Draymond Green Address Beef On The Arena

“Champion ends the segment by pointedly asking if Barkley and Greene still have a beef with one another.”



The opening night of TNT’s documentary The Arena covered some weighty topics including NBA players’ role in addressing social justice when they return to play, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell fearing for his life after testing  positive for COVID-19 and Dwayne Wade’s Tweets. But before they could start the in studio discussion, host Cari Champion asked panelist Charles Barkley and Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green to address their ongoing feud.

“Can you two get along?”

Champion’s question is a fair one, considering Barkley and Green’s history. Their feud started in the 2018 playoffs when Barkley became frustrated with Green’s style of play, causing the NBA on TNT analyst to say he wanted to punch Green in the face. Green welcomed Barkley to do just that the next time the pair met and they have been exchanging verbal jabs ever since.

They seemed to have put aside their differences aside in order to focus on the more pressing issues The Arena addresses.

“I like Draymond. I really do,” Barkley said. “He annoys me when he’s on the court because, well just ask him if he has ever committed a foul. For me, it was more that I’m on TV a lot of hours every day. I have to come up with things to talk about.”

Green, who said in USA Today that he and Barkley were not close friends, was not as conciliatory in his response, but admitted he respected Barkley.

“He’s a Black man, I respect him,” Green said. “The issue that I’ve had is, a lot of people watch the game of basketball and don’t know what they’re looking at. So when they look at Chuck or they look at different guys who have these platforms, they take what you’re saying and they listen to that and they run with that. So where as for me, it hasn’t necessarily affected my pockets, but there are a lot of guys in this league that people run with what guys say on these platforms, and it affects guys’ pockets, and that’s the issue that I’ve had.”

Green says he made his feelings known on Stephen Jackson’s All the Smoke podcast in April, but says there are more important issues at stake than his personal feelings. 

“As a Black man, you got to support the next Black man. You can’t keep putting the next Black man down,” Green said. “I understand that there’s a job to do, but I also know I’ve done too many great things in this league and won a lot, to hear some of the stuff he has been saying about me.”

Champion ends the segment by pointedly asking if Barkley and Green still have a beef with one another.

“For the sake of unity, there is no beef,” Green said. “Absolutely none,” Barkley agreed.

The Arena continues nightly through Friday from 8-9pm on TNT.

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”



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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”



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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’



First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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