Charles Barkley Attacks Billy Packer, Tells March Madness Icon to ‘Shut the Hell Up’

by NESN Staff

March 11, 2011

Charles Barkley Attacks Billy Packer, Tells March Madness Icon to 'Shut the Hell Up' Sir Charles has spoken.

After March Madness legend Billy Packer‘s critical comments about the coverage of the NCAA tournament surfaced in a USA Today interview, NBA Hall of Famer and the newest March Madness big mouth, Charles Barkley, responded.

“Hey Billy Packer, you might be right,” Barkley said during Thursday night’s game between the Suns and Mavericks. “We might not be very good and know all the players on all the teams in college basketball. I don’t know any players on Wofford or UNC Asheville. You are absolutely right. But stop being a jackass.

“Listen, we’re going to do a good job. And I know you said they should have went to ESPN. Well, there was one problem,” he added. “ESPN didn’t have 11 billion dollars. We did. That’s why we got it. So sit back, enjoy the March Madness with Greg Gumbel, Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and all of us. And shut the hell up.”

In his interview with USA Today, Packer spoke about the changes CBS and Turner will implement during the tournament and voice his displeasure of Steve Kerr joining Nantz and Kellogg in the Final Four booth and Barkley and Kenny Smith analyzing games in the studio.

To watch Barkley’s rant, click here.

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Charles Barkley Attacks Billy Packer, Tells March Madness Icon to 'Shut the Hell Up'

Quote of the day

“It’s just something with Boston. It just seems like they have a horseshoe. We’ve seen the [Milan] Lucic cross-check to the head [of Dominic Moore] earlier, and there’s no disciplinary thing.”
–Joe Thornton, responding to the league’s decision to not suspend Zdeno Chara 

Comment of the day

How TurnbuckleGate turned into AirlineGate.

“I will also stop flying air canada…so make that two families they will miss… and I have never watched a basketball game in my life, nor do I plan on it anytime soon…however if they ever take hitting out of hockey then I might as well start watching some basketball, good job bettman… tell quebec and air canada to beat it, everyone should boycot montreal I mean come on, what kind of fans call the cops for something they saw on t.v… it’s embarassing they are even part of canada”
–mr boston bruins fan from canada not quebec…

Tweet of the day

I think Whitey1221 deserves a seat upgrade next time he’s at the Garden — a seat next to Brian Zechello in the NESN truck!

Video of the day

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