Charles Barkley is one of the most outspoken analysts in all of sports. On some occasions, that can be a bad thing for Sir Charles and it's hard to fathom this clip not falling into that category. TNT has a habit of showing interesting things in the arena going to break and took this occasion to show a Celtics fan wearing what looks to be a cross between kingly garb and a marching band outfit. What Charles says first isn't so bad, "please don't have no kids." It's what Chuck (maybe) says next that may cause some trouble for TNT and the NBA..
It's hard to make it out at the end of the video, but it sure sounds like that's Charles Barkley using a slur to describe that fan's outfit. Considering Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for saying that word on the bench, one has to wonder what's in store for Barkley. Again, it's hard to definitively be sure, but if that's him on the video calling that fan a homophobic slur, he's going to have to be sat down for a period of time.
UPDATE: After listening to the clip several more times, it also could very well be Kenny Smith saying, "C'mon man, he's dressed like a fan, same thing as puttin' on paint." It's too close to call, so it looks like we'll just move on.
UPDATE II: TNT confirms that audio is definitely Smith saying the word "fan."
I have another complaint: why are my home market teams not available on mobile devices? I live in the S.F. Bay Area. Last night, I could watch the Giants on my I-Pad from mlb.com because the game was on in San Diego and there is no blackout during spring training. During the regular season, I can watch every team EXCEPT the A's and the Giants. I understand that there are local TV contracts, but those stations should be able to stream the game, commercials and all. I suspect MLB prevents this. Many years into MLB controlling Internet distribution, you would think they would sort this out. I believe there is even money to be made by expanding the number of viewers.
@skaus Consider yourself lucky if you're considered the home market of only two teams and you live near them. Try living in the middle of the country where 4-8 teams will consider you in their home market, even if their home is 10-12 hours away. Besides, if I have access to a TV and my "home" team is on TV, don't you think I'd rather watch it on a big screen rather than my 3.5" phone screen? Apparently MLB thinks not. That I'm somehow stealing something from the TV people by watching on my phone. So while being blacked out of my two favorite teams (3 and 5 hours away from me) and two other teams (6 and 10 hours away) I get to watch the New Yorks and Bostons and LAs and Seattles pretty much all I want. I have no allegiances to any of them. MLB seems to do all it can to make its product as difficult for its fans to enjoy as possible. A friend and I were discussing some of the baseball problems the other day and agreed Bart G. wouldn't have put up with a lot of this nonsense. Bud, on the other hand, is no fan of the game. He's an owner and treats everything related to the game as a business decision. How can we milk the fans and give them less while doing it?