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Charles Barkley Sits In With Mike Missanelli, Blasts Ben Simmons & Anti-Vaxxers

“ Barkley is at the forefront of vaccine awareness in his home state of Alabama.”

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Turner analyst Charles Barkley dropped into the 97.5 The Fanatic studios on Thursday afternoon and co-hosted The Mike Missanelli Show. The Basketball Hall of Famer discussed all sorts of topics, from a potential Ben Simmons trade out of Philadelphia to the ongoing vaccine rollout.

“I’ve been asked every single day about this Ben Simmons thing,” Barkley said on the show. “I think what annoys Philadelphia fans the most, and I’ve been here for 36 years. I think they are mad because he’s afraid.”

Simmons has been criticized all offseason for his postseason play with the 76ers. The forward posted the lowest playoff free throw percentage in NBA history during their 2021 playoff run and shied away from shooting in fourth quarters.

“When you watch the Milwaukee Bucks play,” Barkley continued. “That boy Giannis [Antetokounmpo] ain’t no better free-throw shooter than Ben Simmons, but he ain’t scared. He going man, and you gotta admire that. He don’t care if he miss 100 of them; he ain’t going to run from the ball.”

Barkley also discussed the ongoing push and pull with people who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.

“For us to be selfish and not trying to help the world get back where we can take these stupid masks off and go out to dinner in a full restaurant – I just think it’s selfish,” Barkley said.

“I’ve heard these idiots talk about chips in it, and I heard people talking about [the government] wants to follow us around,” Barkley told Missanelli. “They can follow us around anyway! Everybody’s got a cell phone! And first of all, what are you doing that you’re worried about people following you?”

Barkley is at the forefront of vaccine awareness in his home state of Alabama. He recently held a “Get Stuck with Chuck” vaccine drive urging Alabamians to protect themselves against the virus. Alabama ranks near the bottom of U.S. states in vaccination rate.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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