The clock is ticking before Charles Barkley does something that ends his career as a sports commentator. That isn’t exactly something anyone needs a fortune teller for, I’d say. Moderator.
Barkley’s tomfoolery cost rookie defenseman Jared Spurgeon $5,000 for the meal. Wonder how many homeless people in the area that amount might have fed for a night. No, this isn’t the dangerous part of hazing unless impressionable high school students get the idea that such buffoonery is normal in sport, but it does point out a certain “goofball” mentality about the pro-hazing commentators that ESPN managers will have to face when Barkley eventually self destructs. For example, when goofball towel wavers taunted him…how did he react? Predictably. Yet, why did a producer put this career in front of screaming fans.
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