Charles Barkley cracked a joke about slavery on Thursday’s edition of the ‘NBA on TNT’

Charles BarkleyOn the Thursday broadcast of the NBA on TNT, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith were discussing whether the L.A. Clippers are for real or not, when Smith used the chat as an awkward segue to ask Chuck to name his favorite president. Barkley said Abraham Lincoln, then dropped a slavery joke that had the whole gang in stitches, even though Ernie’s laughter was a little more nervous than the rest.

What may even be funnier is Johnson trying to quell the situation by turning to Shaq and asking the big man whether or not he’s a believer in the Clippers, only to be met with the equally hilarious answer “Yes I am, boss.”

Will there be any outrage over this?  Should there be?  Does Charles Barkley get a free pass because he’s Charles Barkley?  Are slavery jokes from an African-American taboo?  If you are white, were you as uncomfortable as Ernie Johnson when you heard Barkley’s punchline?  Can I fit any more questions in one sentence?

Answers: Sadly yes, no, yes, no, maybe, and I hope not.


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