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Charles Barkley roasted Jussie Smollett during TNT’s NBA halftime show

Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported attack

“Empire” actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police in January 2019 that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Here's an update on what's happened since that report.
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“Empire” actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police in January 2019 that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Here's an update on what's happened since that report.

Less than a month after saying he was attacked by two men in Chicago, actor/singer Jussie Smollett this week was arrested by police for allegedly staging the assault.

Public opinion has turned swiftly against Smollett. On Thursday night, former basketball star Charles Barkley ridiculed Smollett without saying his name during the “Inside the NBA” show on TNT.

Among the details that Barkley made light of: Smollett allegedly wrote a check for $3,500 to the brothers to stage the attack. Police reportedly have a copy of that check.

“America, let me just tell you something: do not commit crimes with checks,” Barkley said. “If you break the law, do not write a check.”

Ernie Johnson had tried to stop Barkley, but there was no stopping Chuck.

Barkley also suggested using an ATM and made mention of actor Liam Neeson, who earlier this month said he once hoped to kill a black man to avenge a loved one’s rape.

Twitter user C.J. Fogler shared this clip on Twitter:

The Smollett case came up again later during the broadcast and included a visual aid. Again this is from Fogler:

From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.


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