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Charles Barkley, Draymond Green Address Beef On The Arena

“Champion ends the segment by pointedly asking if Barkley and Greene still have a beef with one another.”

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The opening night of TNT’s documentary The Arena covered some weighty topics including NBA players’ role in addressing social justice when they return to play, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell fearing for his life after testing  positive for COVID-19 and Dwayne Wade’s Tweets. But before they could start the in studio discussion, host Cari Champion asked panelist Charles Barkley and Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green to address their ongoing feud.

“Can you two get along?”

Champion’s question is a fair one, considering Barkley and Green’s history. Their feud started in the 2018 playoffs when Barkley became frustrated with Green’s style of play, causing the NBA on TNT analyst to say he wanted to punch Green in the face. Green welcomed Barkley to do just that the next time the pair met and they have been exchanging verbal jabs ever since.

They seemed to have put aside their differences aside in order to focus on the more pressing issues The Arena addresses.

“I like Draymond. I really do,” Barkley said. “He annoys me when he’s on the court because, well just ask him if he has ever committed a foul. For me, it was more that I’m on TV a lot of hours every day. I have to come up with things to talk about.”

Green, who said in USA Today that he and Barkley were not close friends, was not as conciliatory in his response, but admitted he respected Barkley.

“He’s a Black man, I respect him,” Green said. “The issue that I’ve had is, a lot of people watch the game of basketball and don’t know what they’re looking at. So when they look at Chuck or they look at different guys who have these platforms, they take what you’re saying and they listen to that and they run with that. So where as for me, it hasn’t necessarily affected my pockets, but there are a lot of guys in this league that people run with what guys say on these platforms, and it affects guys’ pockets, and that’s the issue that I’ve had.”

Green says he made his feelings known on Stephen Jackson’s All the Smoke podcast in April, but says there are more important issues at stake than his personal feelings. 

“As a Black man, you got to support the next Black man. You can’t keep putting the next Black man down,” Green said. “I understand that there’s a job to do, but I also know I’ve done too many great things in this league and won a lot, to hear some of the stuff he has been saying about me.”

Champion ends the segment by pointedly asking if Barkley and Green still have a beef with one another.

“For the sake of unity, there is no beef,” Green said. “Absolutely none,” Barkley agreed.

The Arena continues nightly through Friday from 8-9pm on TNT.

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Shaquille O’Neal: ‘Would’ve Supported’ Charles Barkley Leaving TNT For LIV Golf

“If he had accepted it, I wouldn’t be mad. And if Charles had left? You’d still have me.”

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After flirting with LIV Golf, Inside the NBA‘s Charles Barkley reaffirmed his commitment to the show and TNT, but a colleague would have supported him if he left.

Shaquille O’Neal told USA Today, during an interview about his upcoming show Secret Celebrity Renovation on CBS, that he would have been in Barkley’s corner had he decided to join the LIV Golf broadcast crew.

“I would’ve supported him every which way,” O’Neal said. “Charles is one of those legends, like Bill Russell, who didn’t make a lot of money playing. So if a chance comes up like this at this age that’s legal – controversial but legal – you’ve got to look at it. If he had accepted it, I wouldn’t be mad. And if Charles had left? You’d still have me.”

While Inside the NBA would still have O’Neal, it was Barkley, Ernie Johnson, and Kenny Smith that took the show to new heights for a decade before O’Neal joined the show after his playing career ended in 2011.

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WWE Reveals Vince McMahon Made More Hush Money Payments Than Previously Reported

Days after McMahon announced he was retiring from the company, WWE discovered McMahon had made two other payments totaling $5 million in previously unknown cases from 2007 and 2009, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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After announcing last month that WWE would go back to 2019 and account for $14.6 million of payments chairman Vince McMahon is alleged to have paid to silence sexual misconduct allegations, the company has announced the amount is larger than original estimated, according to a report from Variety.

Days after McMahon announced he was retiring from the company, WWE discovered he had made two other payments totaling $5 million in previously unknown cases from 2007 and 2009, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company admits those payments should have been recorded in their statements for those fiscal years. They had previously hoped to have their revised statements available by Monday, August 9th, but the unearthing of additional payments made that goal unrealistic.

McMahon remains a shareholder of WWE with controlling interest. His daughter, Stephanie, was named co-CEO along with former television department head of CAA Nick Khan.

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Report: Amazon Prime Video Adding NFL Black Friday Game in 2023

Amazon, the largest retailer in the world, is expected to pay in the neighborhood of $100 million for this single game on Black Friday, one of the largest retail days on the calendar.

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Thanksgiving weekend is getting another NFL game.

Per a report from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Amazon’s Prime Video will add an exclusive game on Black Friday to their NFL package, beginning with the 2023 season.

Amazon, the largest retailer in the world, is expected to pay in the neighborhood of $100 million for this single game on Black Friday, one of the largest retail days on the calendar.

The NFL’s antitrust exemption prohibits the league from broadcasting games in primetime on Fridays during November, so, in all likelihood, it will be an afternoon game.

It has long been speculated this was on the table for Prime Video. Football Morning in America’s Peter King deduced the possibility was more probable than not when Prime Video became a player for NFL rights.

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