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Charles Barkley To Heckling Heat Fans: ‘My Life’s A Lot Better Than Yours’

Now, you didn’t expect Charles Barkley to withstand all the verbal, profanity-laced abuse Miami Heat fans heaped upon him during TNT’s broadcast of Sunday night’s Heat-Bulls game and simply roll over and not fire back some well-crafted, retaliatory salvos, did you? Sure, he flipped them the double-bird, but that was just a warmup. It would be an egregious mistake to underestimate Barkley when it comes to wars of words, and he proved it once again in his response to the merciless heckling he was on the receiving end of during the aforementioned broadcast.

Here’s what Charles had to say about those heckling Heat fans during an appearance on South Florida radio station WQAM on Monday afternoon (from the Sun Sentinel via The Big Lead):

“You know those people can yell and scream but they don’t have the hair on their (butt) to grab me,” he said. “They don’t have enough hair on their (butts) to walk up to me man to man and say, ‘Let’s do this.’

“All that yelling and screaming just makes me laugh, man.

“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.’ “

Zing! And therein lies the greatness of Charles Barkley. If any other athlete or prominent member of the media, in a similar situation, busted out the “you work at McDonald’s” line or dreamed of saying something about how their life is better than that of the fans, not only would the statement have been perceived as a indefensible display of hubris, they would have come across as arrogant jagoffs and would have been condemned for it. But not Chuck. Because he’s awesome and can say whatever the hell he wants. I guess you could say he’s earned it.

TNT to move Charles Barkley out of harm’s way from angry Miami Heat fans [Sun Sentinel (via The Big Lead)]