Charles Barkley torched race attack hoaxer Jussie Smollett on the NBA on TNT Thursday night. Video clips posted online show Barkley cracking up co-hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie “E.J.” Johnson. At one point Shaq laughed so hard he choked, doubled over and appeared to do a spit take (third screen image below).
Best lines: “America, do not commit crimes with checks!”; “You wasted all that damn time and money. You know what you shoulda did? Just went up in Liam Neeson’s neighborhood!” and the “bologna and government cheese” sandwiches at Subway that you want to go out at 3 or 4 in the morning for (in second video clip below).
Barkley and the NBA on TNT crew piled on with a graphic of a fake check made out to “MUGGERS” and another graphic mocking Smollett captioned, “Who me?”
Smollett was arrested Thursday morning by Chicago police for filing a false police report in January claiming he was attacked by two white male Trump supporters who put a noose on him, poured bleach on him and called him racial and gay slurs. Police determined Smollett paid two black men to stage an attack on him and tasked them with buying the supplies for the fake attack.