Charles Barkley Does Not 'Want That Smoke' With Beyonce's Family

Charles Barkley heard from Beyonce's mom after ripping Galveston, Texas, which led to incredible television.

1. Charles Barkley has been on an unbelievable roll during this year's NBA playoffs. Barkley is always tremendous on TNT's Inside the NBA, but it seems he has taken things to another level this year.

The highlight of his work this weekend, though, got him in a little bit of hot water, which made for tremendous content.

It all started on Saturday after the Oklahoma City Thunder took a 3–0 series lead against the New Orleans Pelicans with a 106–85 blowout win. Barkley was disgusted with the Pelicans' performance and as punishment, he decided instead of sending the team to Cancun after they get eliminated (which is the Inside the NBA tradition), he was going to send them to Galveston, Texas.

After Shaq asked Barkley where they were gonna send the Pelicans, Barkley did not hold back.

"Galveston," answered Barkley. "That dirty-ass water. We not even gonna send them to Cancun. We gonna send them to Galveston with that dirty-ass water be washin' up on the shore. These people think they in the beach. Y'all quit. Drive your ass down to Galveston."

This led to Shaq completely losing it on the set.

It also led to a response from Tina Knowles, mom of Beyoncé, who is from Galveston.

Once Chuck heard he upset the mother of the woman behind the BeyHive, he thought it would be best to offer a mea culpa.

However, in typical Barkley fashion, even his "apology" led to him throwing shade.

"So, how do you like Galveston now," asked Ernie Johnson.

"We're not going there," answered Barkley.

Barkley then brought back one of his vintage bits that got put on pause while people were getting canceled left and right: In trying to appease Galveston, he went after the women of San Antonio.

"That water's so dirty, I'd rather go to San Antonio. I'd rather go to San Antonio with them big, ole women."

The status of TNT's NBA future is a little murky right now. Reports emerged over the weekend that ESPN has renewed its deal with the NBA while Turner is still negotiating.

I don't even want to think for one iota of a second of a world where TNT and the Inside the NBA crew aren't a part of the NBA.

2. Big offseason television news: CBS announced Monday that Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms will no longer be part of the NFL Today, while former Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who called games on CBS last season, will join the show full time for the upcoming season.

3. Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli gave one of the most surreal and amusing baseball press conferences you'll ever hear Sunday when he explained the story behind his team's home run sausage.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards also had an entertaining press conference after his team eliminated the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. Let's just say Edwards was very passionate about teammate Karl-Anthony Towns staying out of foul trouble.

5. Rory McIlroy won the Zurich Classic this weekend and then he did a very solid performance of "Don't Stop Believin'."

6. The latest SI Media With Jimmy Traina features a conversation with newly retired New York Yankees radio legend, John Sterling.

Sterling, who was the radio voice of the Yankees for 36 seasons before stepping away from the job in mid-April, talks about his decision to retire now and clarifies reports on his health. He also addresses the social media backlash the Yankees faced after giving him an 83-inch television as a retirement gift.

Sterling also shares the advice he'd give the person who succeeds him as the Yankees radio play-by-play person, shares his thoughts on his "streak" of calling 5,060 straight games and remembers his time as a sports-talk radio host. Sterling also reveals the one Yankees player who asked him to change his famous home run call and talks about the role Mike and the Mad Dog played in helping the home run calls become a thing.

Following Sterling, Sal Licata from WFAN and SNY joins me for our weekly "Traina Thoughts" segment. This week's topics include the NFL draft, Aaron Boone's ridiculous ejection, the upcoming unedited The Greatest Roast of All Time: Tom Brady on Netflix, Taylor Swift's new album and more.

You can listen to each podcast by clicking into the tweet below. You can also listen on Apple and Spotify.

7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: We celebrate Jerry Seinfeld's 70th birthday today with one of the great live TV moments of all time.

Be sure to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on AppleSpotify or Google. You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok

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Jimmy Traina is a media writer and podcast host for Sports Illustrated. A 20-year veteran, he’s been covering the media industry for seven years and writes a weekly column at SI, Traina Thoughts. Jimmy has hosted the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast since 2018, a show known for interviews with some of the most important and powerful people in sports media. He also was the creator and writer for SI’s Hot Clicks feature from 2007 to 2013.