Basketball legend Charles Barkley returned as host of SNL for the third time. Because of the game between the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions, the show didn’t start until 11:51 on the East Coast, that gave Sir Charles plenty of time to work on his scowling.
The entire show seemed to be made up of sports related sketches, and of course there was a skewering of Charles and his cohorts from Inside The NBA. Charles played the newest addition to the team, Shaquille O’Neal, while Kenan Thompson was always funny as Charles.
He also took us through “White People Problems” and made an interesting woman named “Joann” who comes out to her friends as a lesbian. “You’re a little flirty precious PIE!” Didn’t he look like someone’s Great Aunt?
I wonder if he and Paul Brittain, one of the newest cast members, sparked up a friendship after Paul straddled him in the “LordWyndemere” sketch.
I think this was the most SNL has ever featured more than two black people. So how about we get more than one black host a season?
I’ve said it (more than) once, and I’ll say it til I’m blue: CHARLES BARKLEY is awesome. Here we have yet another example of why he’s so great. During an interview on The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner, Sir Charles had some pretty inspiring (and as usual, hilariously expressed) thoughts on gay athletes, as well as his take on Tiger Woods. Take a listen–it’s good..
MW: Chuck I gotta ask you, the Suns president Rick Welts comes out and says that he’s gay. How would a male gay player be received in pro sports by his teammates?
CB: You know Michael, I’m really glad you asked that question because I really like ESPN, they do a great job, but like once every two or three months, they do these things, and they bring all these people on there and they tell me how my team and me are gonna respond to a gay guy. I’m like first of all, every player has played with gay guys.
MW: So do you think some of your teammates were gay?
CB: Of course they were gay. First of all, I didn’t think that if they weren’t gay.
MW: They were gay, and so did you treat them any differently or did you feel there was any weirdness going on in the locker room because of that?
CB: First of all, a guy is never gonna put himself in that situation in a professional locker room. I never felt, it never crossed my mind to think any different about the guy. You know, in sports, we need to outlaw guys who suck at sports.
MW: Perfectly said.
CB: That’s what we really need. Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he’s never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot. Every professional – I would even say the same thing in college. Every college player, every pro player in any sport has probably played with a gay person. They’re not gonna do anything in a locker room. It doesn’t work like that, but listen, I wish Rick the best. I wish him the best. That doesn’t bother me whatsoever. I know him because I live in Phoenix. But it bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say, ‘Oh, no guy could come out in a team sport, these guys would go crazy.’ Well first of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play, then a straight guy who can’t play.
MW: Have you actually had a teammate come up to you and say, ‘Hey, Charles I’m gay,’ or does it come out in conversation?
CB: No, no. First of all, society discriminates against gay people. They always try to make it like jocks discriminate against gay people. I’ve been big proponent of gay marriage for a long time because as a black person I can’t be in for any form of discrimination at all. And the first people who whine and complain are them Bible thumpers who are supposed to be non-judgmental, who rail against them. Hey man, I don’t worry about what other people do. But has one of my teammates ever said it? No, he has not. But let me tell you something, and listen, Mike knows. Mike’s been in the locker room 100 years, and you know one of my favorite sayings is? It’s when people say, ‘If somebody asks you if there’s rumors about somebody about being gay, more than likely it’s true.’ Because you know if you ask Mike, he asks me about my rebounds, how many points have I scored, about my defense. There’s never going to be a question where he comes up and says, ‘Chuck are you gay?’ That’s not the way the whole media-sports player thing works. If there’s a rumor, if there’s something out there that’s been proven or not proven, but most of the players, and listen, we gossip behind each other’s backs, I’ll be the first to admit that, but there’s no doubt in my mind, first of all, I’ve played with several gay players.
MW: On every team, Charles?
CB: On every team? Great question. I’d say on two of the teams I’ve played on. But it didn’t bother me. And listen I think it’s disrespectful to gay people to think just because they played a sport they would be trying to talk to the players like that. Society doesn’t work like that.
I seriously love this man. And yes, I’m gonna name-drop him again. I met him, and honestly? I can’t think of another NBA player that I’d rather meet. (What I mean is, instead of Charles!) I’d be happy to meet Kevin Garnett, Steve Nash, Ray Allen–but I’d really rather just have lunch with Charles Barkley again.
Let’s all watch the hilarity that IS Sir Charles on TNT!