Inside the NBA invaded Today recently when hosts Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal sat down to discuss their friend Kobe Bryant. The death of the basketball icon hasn't been removed from headlines since news broke on January 26 that Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and seven of their friends all perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif.
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The last two weeks have been filled with people remembering Kobe with kind words and condolences, but controversy kicks up dust whenever anyone mentions the 2003 scandal where the basketball star was accused of rape by a 19-year-old hotel employee. The case never went to trial because the woman refused to testify, but she did file a civil lawsuit that was settled privately. Bryant also had to issue a public apology where he stated he truly believed their sexual encounter was consensual, but he recognized that she didn't.
Recently, Gayle King caught international heat after a clip of her interview with Lisa Leslie went viral. King probed Leslie about her opinion on Kobe's accusations, causing many to drag her on social media. The Inside the NBA hosts were asked if they believed, as journalists, it was inappropriate for King to raise those questions so soon after his death. Kenny Smith spoke at length about Kobe's influence and how we're all "imperfect people," but it was Charles Barkley's remarks that stirred up controversy.
"Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players, ever, and he had a flaw that we all know about," Barkley said. “You have to tell the picture in totality. We’re not trying to make Kobe out to be no hero. We’re celebrating his basketball excellence. We understand what happened in Colorado. That’s fair, but two things can be true.”
People accused Barkley of betraying his friend to satisfy the media. Others wondered if Barkley would receive the same level of backlash as King. Watch the clip and check out a few reactions below.
Shaq Threatens To Knockout Charles Barkley During Hilarious Segment
Shaq vs Chuck at it again.
Shaq was in no mood to mess around on the set of Inside the NBA last night, which resulted in yet another hilarious segment from the NBA on TNT crew.
Following the Golden State Warriors' Game 2 victory over the Houston Rockets, Shaq, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith took part in a three-minute, timed segment in which each of them were supposed to get a chance to talk. However, Barkley's ramblings prevented Shaq from getting his time to shine.
“It’s supposed to be one, two, three... Not one, two, back to one,” Shaq said.
Kenny, Chuck and Ernie Johnson couldn't contain their laughter which only infuriated The Diesel more - to the point where he threatened to knock out The Round Mound of Rebound on national TV.
Check out the footage below.