Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  50 responses

Charles Barkley Wishes He Could Shoot 20% of NBA Fans

As usual, Charles Barkley had something completely insane to say during a sports radio interview. EOB has the details: “On Jim Rome’s radio show Wednesday, Barkley was talking about NBA fans and how some go a bit too far in their support. And he might’ve gone a bit too far himself. He was on for 35 straight minutes, so as you might imagine, give Barkley that long to talk and he’s bound to say something. ‘Fans man. They love their team and their player. They don’t want to hear any criticisms. They just want you to be 100 percent for their team period,’ Barkley said. ‘I think it’s only a small faction. I think 80 percent are great. Twenty percent, I wish you could take them out back and just shoot them.’ Rome jumped in there and says, ‘Well, maybe not shoot them, Chuck.’ But Barkley doubled down. ‘No, I meant that Jim,’ he said. Eighty percent of the fans are fantastic. But 20 percent of them are so mean-spirited and say the most nasty things to you, because they know you can’t grab them.’”

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  • Heals

    I’d like to double that for NFL fans and triple it for politicians…

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Uh, ron ron, jack, and jo showed that you can indeed grab them.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I love Chuck

  • bbubb

    tell em, Chuck

  • bike

    80 percent of the fans wishes they could shoot Chuck.

  • eyal

    “if the comments on this website are any indication, Chuck should triple that number!” sorry, had a statler and waldorf moment…

  • RunNGun

    LOL 20%? That should include all delusional and bandwagon Knicks and Lakers fans.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    New contract, same ‘ol nonsense-spouting Round Mound of Tv.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp


  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He was on NBA TV the other just spewing nonsense and making up facts. I hate someone who is loud and wrong on a consistent basis. It is unprofessional.

  • sam j

    Skip bayless has made a living from being loud and wrong. And looking like a burns victim.

  • angus

    he was basically just talking about laker “fans”, and shooting them really is no new idea.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    I encounter a crazy knick fan everyday, and I wouldn’t say I’d shoot em, but a slap sometimes seems fair to me! I love the passion, but the ridiculousness that comes with it is unbearable sometimes!

  • goldie coventry

    I love it. I love Charles, he just tells the truth and is always in trouble for the truth.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And Sam, I hate Skip Bayless with a burning passion. Not only is he loud and wrong, he regularly insults people with his fake TV courage.

  • Larry W.

    Barkley has it right. I like that he says what he wants to and does not worry about being politically correct. Way to go Chuck!

  • salty

    Allen: Unprofessional? Loud?! It’s a sports show man.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Me too chuck, me too. I’m looking for my shot gun and a couple of bandwagon heat fans right now!

  • Mick


  • http://Facebook Barbara

    Charlie boy..where do you think the money comes from to pay your salary?

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    All those Lin fans

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    If I had a hitlist skip bayless would be very very high on that list.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    As long as we get to shoot a couple of those so-called analysts on TV.

  • Jamaal87

    I think Chuck was talking about Eboy.

  • pablo

    20% of basketball fans still pays for the players’ ridiculously high salaries. their insulting words is worth every penny it cost them getting in. chuck can talk but he should stop playing golf…it’s painful to 80% of us.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The rules of professional decorum should apply to all people. If an athlete starting insulting Skip Bayless’ manhood, and regularly talking about him in personal terms it would be deemed unprofessional.
    In addition, when I was coming up, people fought over insults. It didn’t happen all the time, but the possibility of it happening was a known fact. So, you didn’t say certain things to people if you weren’t ready to fight them if necessary. Bayless knows that thanks to his position and the position of his targets, the threat of violence has been removed so he can speak with impunity. That irks me.

  • http://guyism.com/sports/michael-jordan-selling-chicago-area-home-for-29-million-dollars.html Caboose

    I miss CWebb and Payton…

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    For those that say the 20% are the ones paying their salary why would you continue to contribute to their ridiculously high salaries if you’re just gonna be a d*ck to them when they lose anyway? Who’s the fool?

  • Joe

    He is right

    There are folks who go to sporting events because they know they can hurl insults at bigger, richer people with zero chance of reprisal

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Joe. We got too many “habitual line-crossers” watching sports these days. You keep your criticisms of them within the court/field/ice.

  • salty

    Allen: I was talking about Barkley. You’ve got a point with Bayless.

  • Tim

    I am sure he`s talking bout all the racist people on yahoo message boards who hate 24/7.

  • Shecky Shabazz

    That is why Charles is my guy. He is a gift to sports television. We need to enjoy him while we can.


    Charles Barkley should get this tattoo put on his butt: “I am disappointed that I put myself in this situation.”

  • MikeC.

    Maybe we can take this forum to determine what is acceptable in terms of hurled insults. I thoroughly enjoy booing and taunting NBA players. I travel to Toronto a couple times a year to watch games. I am not a Raptors fan, but it’s the closest NBA city to me, so I go to watch other teams. A few years back, during the deepest, darkest days of Isiah’s NY tenure, I went to a Raps-Knicks game just to boo Isiah. I had no idea Raptors fans hated him so much. I was in the 13th row cross-court from the Knicks’ bench and I thought I’d get to stand tall in my Knicks #2 Larry Johnson jersey, standing out from the Raptors fans, and let Isiah have it. I had all my barbs ready to go. From letting Jerome James steal money, to signing Eddy Curry, to running Kurt Thomas out of NY, to absoring horrible contracts for washed up players, etc, etc. I was drowned out by Toronto booing Isiah. Lamentable. Anyway, as a fan, we do have somewhat of a “right” to voice our opinions. Where do we, as fans, draw the line for ourselves. I don’t want to be a “habitual line-crosser” like Huey mentioned, but I thoroughly enjoy being a habitual line stepper. I might say some wild ish, but I’d never grind my feet on a man’s couch just for something to do.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Charles is mad right, he’s talking about Lakers, Knicks, and Heat fans I’m sure of it. Now if only we could give Shaq the old yeller treatment.

  • burnt_chicken

    Barkley gets ratings. And is a smart, funny–if bombastic–voice. He also oddly compliments ‘us’ in a way here. He also clearly knows how to spark conversations…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think you should boo people. I think it’s ok to insult them as a player. You know, their skills, their clutchness and anything within those boundaries.
    I think you don’t go about insulting people’s personal appearance, their families, their children. I don’t think you make jokes about their mom and their teammates. I don’t think you curse them, definitely can’t throw stuff.
    Basically, if wouldn’t be man enough to talk this sort of trash if you were actually on the floor competing against them, and felt they could retaliate against you, then you shouldn’t be saying it.

  • Heals

    ^^^Yeah those teams have plenty of em’, but so do my C’s, try debating with a Raptors of Blazers fans about one of their players, Utah fans are notorious for crossing the line with black players, so while those 3 teams certainly come to mind, no franchise is void of the crazies…

  • bike

    Plenty of psychologists have studied fan aggression and floated various theories about what drives some people to act insane for a couple of hours at a game and then become completely lucid afterwards. It does serve as a vent to cheer, yell, boo, or scream at the top of your lungs for reasons I don’t understand. To verbally abuse some athlete from the safety of the stands to provoke, distract, or get in his head gives some folks the impression they are affecting the outcome of the contest—and in some cases it probably does. What is it about sports that drive us nuts? I can’t even think of some primal origin that would explain it.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Shout out @wanting to shoot people…

  • hiloboyz

    I think the reason people love sports and become “fans” definitely has its primal origins. Our ancestors always stayed in groups because in numbers there was safety, protection, and a better chance at obtaining food. So, when people associate themselves with a specific team, it is like becoming a part of a group, and winning is equivalent to surviving. I don’t know, just some stuff I have read (Carl Sagan, Billions and Billions).

  • LA Huey

    It’s fine to boo and taunt players and teams. And I think you can even throw insults based on non-basketball related topics but you’ve got to be a careful about what you talk about. However, you should leave family matters (not the great 90s sitcom) and tragedies out. And you HAVE TO keep things PG-13.

  • Rainman

    Im no Gilbert Arenas, but…HELL YEAH!

  • http://averysmith.org Avery Smith

    Tell’em how you really feel, Chuck.

  • IamYou

    WOW! He’s insane in the membrane!But I agree, kill 20% cause I’m inside that 80%!

  • EJ

    RIP The Seed

  • Justin G.

    Barbara, the network pays Chuck’s salary and advertising pays the network, not the fans. And EJ is right. If Chuck were to shoot 20% of those fans we sure would miss the Seed around here. IAMORANGE too


    First off, lol at lil justin. commenting about me at 4:45 in the morning. Please allow me to retort, lil justin! THANK YOU for putting ME in the same sentence as the infamous SEED…I am no SEED, but we got one thing in common, we’re certainely not your run of the mill commenter types. Not someone average like you lil justin. ROFL