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Charles Barkley's blunt solution to rowdy fans after Chris Paul family incident

Joshua Rogers May 9, 2022
Photo credit should read LISA O'CONNOR/AFP via Getty Images

Charles Barkley offered a rather blunt solution to rowdy fans after an incident involving Chris Paul’s family and a Dallas fan.

The Phoenix Suns were in Dallas on Sunday night for Game 4 of their second round series. The talk after the game should have been on Dallas evening up the series 2-2.

However, an unfortunate incident involving Chris Paul’s family and a fan overshadowed events. On Inside the NBA, Charles Barkley offered his solution to rowdy fans.

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Chris Paul family incident in more detail

According to multiple reports, a Dallas Maverick fans was escorted out of Game 4 last night after pushing Chris Paul’s wife, Jada, and placing hands on his mother, Robin. Further reports stated Paul’s kids witnessed the alleged incident and “felt very unsafe”.

A video went viral showing Paul talking to security guards, as well as the fan who was escorted out of the game. Paul was seen saying to the fan: “I’ll see you later.”

Paul then followed up on Twitter after the game. “Wanna fine players for saying stuff to the fans but the fans can put they hands on our families? F*** that!!” Paul wrote.

Charles Barkley’s candid solution to rowdy fans

Charles Barkley is well known for being a straight-talker and last night was no different. The Inside the NBA crew, consisting of Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Barkley, reacted to the incident in real time.

In true Chuck fashion, he suggested the solution to the issue was for players to be allowed to settle disputes with fans with a fight on center court for five minutes.

“We can put an end to all this stuff, some of these things these fans say, let’s take it right down to center court for five minutes, I have always said that,” he said, which you can hear in the video above.

“Just give me five minutes at center court with them. Ain’t no one gonna press charges, ain’t no one getting sued civilly, say what you just said to me right here for these five minutes, and I’m gonna beat your a**.”

Obviously violence is never the answer, and the NBA would clearly never allow something like this. However, it’s clear something needs to be done – whether that’s separation from fans with players and their families – to prevent incidents like this happening in the future.

Is Charles the best sports personality on TV? Who else is up there with him? Let us know in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.