Charles Barkley Channels Inner Shannon Sharpe, Calls Kenny Smith ‘Skip’ For Interrupting Him During NCAA Tournament Halftime Show

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In the sports-talk and debate world, there are many arguments that are never settled. But one thing is for sure: Charles Barkley is the best. And Sunday, he took a shot at one of the men who helped invent the sports debate show: Skip Bayless.

Bayless is famous for talking over his co-hosts to make a point. It’s the same thing Stephen A. Smith does. That’s no surprise, since that pair arguably invented the sports TV debate format.

Shannon Sharpe is the frequent recipient of Skip Bayless interrupting and talking over him. That came to a head after the Damar Hamlin situation and subsequent Bayless tweet.

Charles Barkley makes fun of Kenny Smith by referencing the partnership between Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.
Charles Barkley makes fun of Kenny Smith by referencing the partnership between Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Sharpe lost it over Bayless not allowing him to finish his monologue and let Bayless know.

Charles Barkley being … well, Charles Barkley … wasn’t about to let that go. The very next day, he went on Inside The NBA and made several references to then exchange. And, to be fair, it was pretty funny.

Charles Barkley channels his inner Shannon Sharpe, again

Sir Charles has not forgotten about that exchange and during the halftime show of the Elite Eight matchup between Creighton and San Diego State, Barkley went back to the bag of tricks.

CBS showed a pre-taped package of Texas guard Tyrese Hunter quickly answering questions about himself. The segment’s name is “20-second drill” as that’s as long as Hunter had to answer the questions.

Coming out of the package, Barkley relates to Hunter and explains he’s “been on a couple games shows, and … didn’t do very well.”

Kenny Smith interjects, asking Barkley to perform the same task Hunter was asked to complete: talk about himself for 20 seconds.

Charles Barkley snaps back, “Stop interrupting me, Skip.”

This is objectively funny. And Charles Barkley remains undefeated. Never change, Chuck.

But Kenny Smith might want to consider some changes. I don’t think being called “Skip” was intended as a compliment.

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Written by Dan Zaksheske

Dan began his sports media career at ESPN, where he survived for nearly a decade. Once the Stockholm Syndrome cleared, he made his way to Outkick. He is secure enough in his masculinity to admit he is a cat-enthusiast with three cats, one of which is named “Brady” because his wife wishes she were married to Tom instead of him.

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