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Heat fans get on Barkley, he flips them off, idiocy ensues

May 23, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

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I was on a talk radio show in Miami today, where they should be celebrating the fact that their team seems to be taking control of their series against the Bulls.

And what was one of the big topics of the day? Charles Barkley flipping the bird to some Heat fans.

I linked to the video (via the Miami Herald) in our Monday Morning Links (language not safe for work) and figured it was just an interesting little oddity. Now it has blown up to a full-fledged discussion topic. Because there are not better ones out there, I guess.

Remember that Charles Barkley has been ripping the Heat for most of the season and recently called them a “whiney bunch.” TNT was broadcasting live from Game 3 with a studio setup outside AmericanAirlines Arena when a group of Heat fans started chanting “f—- you Chuck.”

After 20 seconds or so of this (on the video, we don’t know what else) Barkley flipped off the fans behind him. Who then cheered. Then threw some things at him. Which crossed the line. Again, here is the link to the video, it is NSFW.

According to our man Ira Winderman with the Sun Sentinel, TNT is now taking their studio show inside the arena for Tuesday’s game. We’ll see if that helps, it’s a more controlled environment but some of the things said to Joakim Noah that led to his response and fine were over the line should have had that person tossed from the arena.

Dwyane Wade, who has had some back and forth with Barkley, thought it was pretty amusing.

“It was great to hear; it was great to see, for my fans, to stick up for us,” he said. “And, at one point, Chuck got a little frustrated with it. Good for them.”

And Barkley, well, he was vintage Barkley about it on WQAM radio (as quoted by the Sun Sentinel).

“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.’ “

  1. rodge1 - May 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    I think Barkley is very funny but the way he hates on Miami looks like a gimmick. He’s like the fat Simon Cowell of basketball.

  2. kilo0986 - May 23, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Lmao, love me some Barkley

  3. bears1013 - May 23, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    the miami heat have fans???

    • hnirobert3 - May 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM

      The Chicago Bulls have more than one scoring option?

  4. philtration - May 23, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Can;t imagine why Noah had enough of these jag offs.

  5. randommofo - May 24, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Sir Charles is hilarious

  6. bittersonicsfan - May 24, 2011 at 5:03 AM

    Chuckles had to pull the Trump card. That guy is swimming in that sweet, sweet Ted Turner moolah.

  7. cam3420 - May 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    And they wonder why they are the most hated team in the nba. bogus team that basically is trying to buy a championship and you have the most obnoxious annoying fans in the country. If they win this year i cant give any respect to that kind of organization

    • southbeachtalent - May 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      So we would have the Championship but not your respect…. I think we’ll manage.

  8. king7key - May 24, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    The fact that you never wonder what’s on Chuck mind is refreshing. TV could needs more of that.

  9. goldkj - May 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Soccer hooligans. They traded in their Bolivian national team jerseys for ‘white hot’ shirts. Miami is a joke. Good for you, Charles.

  10. southbeachtalent - May 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Is Charles whining? Can’t wait to hear his commentary when the Heat are in the Finals…

    Thats what you get when flip off the crowd dummy.. Now go back inside the arena before you break your hip trying to fight the Miami fans. This douchebag picked the Celtics to win the previous series and when confronted by the media he said he never picked the Celtics to win. When they played back the clip of him picking the Celtics he stated “I talk so much crap I can’t keep track”. Phony…

  11. edweird0 - May 24, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    @southbeachtalent Hahahahaha. Forsure.

  12. southbeachtalent - May 24, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    BTW Kurt you absolutely suck on the radio bud..

  13. coltsfanindc - May 24, 2011 at 3:31 PM


    i hope u apply that statement of trying to buy a title as u put it, to the Celtics(k.g. and allen additions), lakers when the got Shaq, new york(if they win one year) since they got amare n melo, houston when they got drexler(or how about when they failed to win w/ 4 h.o.f’s – pippen, chuck, drex, and the dream), and any other team that aquires big name free agents to try and win!!! thats the point, to try to get the best players to try and win! u Heat haters are rapidly becoming a joke with your jealously and hate.

  14. Land Snark - May 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Coltsfanindc…hmmm. Sounds like someone who sprained a hammy jumping the bandwagon.

    The only difference between most of the teams you mention aside from the Nicks is that the Celtics, Houston, etc. all either traded or acquired players one by one.

    They didn’t have their players hold a free agent summit and decide to go to one place. Those other teams actually built their team over time.

    Good try though.

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