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Charles Barkley calls Peter Vecsey, Skip Bayless, and Phil Mushnick scumbags


Charles Barkley, one of the most outspoken personalities in sports and sports media, has no qualms about calling a spade a spade, as it were, as he sees it. The NBA analyst clearly has no issue with calling a scumbag a scumbag, either. Again, at least according to how he perceives things.

During a discussion about Kevin Durant’s on-again-off-again feud with the media during an appearance Thursday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Barkley segued into a rant about “clowns on the Internet” before later segueing again into a harsh critique regarding the integrity of sports media bigwigs Peter Vecsey, Skip Bayless, and Phil Mushnick.

“Listen, the media, for the most part … they’re good people. I mean, I’ve been in this for 30 years, you know, Peter Vecsey is a scumbag, Skip Bayless is a scumbag. I think … Phil Muschnick from New York, he’s a scumbag,” Barkley tells Patrick. “But most of the media … are really good people…”

It’s worth mentioning, as The Big Lead notes and explains, that Barkley on separate occasions has had beefs with each of the men he called out.

Barkley evidently is fond of that particular pejorative, too, as he also used the same term to describe how he viewed the participants in the Ferguson riots. Odds are good Barkley’s use of “scumbag” won’t be greeted with same degree of blowback this time.

Following his slam on the three sports media personalities, Barkley then praised Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon — whose show, ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” Sir Charles frequently makes appearances, as well as Frank Isola, among others. He also mentions that Patrick is “great,” a nice compliment to the host, indeed.

Barkely then says he enjoys the work of Colin Cowherd, with whom Patrick recently has been engaged with in a public feud of sorts. Barkley then asks Patrick if the two are ever going to settle the score with some fisticuffs, an inquiry to which the radio host asks his guest, “Who would you take?”

“Wow, that’s a good one, Dan,” Barkley says, clearly contemplating the question while hemming and hawing. “I might go for the draw.”

Patrick then challenged Barkley, saying he had to pick one of the potential combatants.

Saying that he’s known the host longer — even though he likes Cowherd, too — Barkley chooses Patrick. But then Barkley hedged his bets … just a bit.

“I don’t think either one of y’all has ever been in a real fight, to be honest with you,” Barkley opined. “Well let me rephrase that. I don’t think either one of y’all have ever been in a fight that y’all won.”

Probably an accurate assessment of the fighting histories of both Patrick and Cowherd. Not that it wouldn’t nevertheless be an intriguing bout.

[H/T The Big Lead, image credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images]