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Charles Barkley's advice to Jussie Smollett: 'If you're going to break the law, do not write a check'

Charles Barkley's advice to Jussie Smollett: 'If you're going to break the law, do not write a check'

It started with the host of TNT's "Inside the NBA" asking which of their panelists' predictions about the rest of the season had no chance of coming true. Before anyone else could get a word in, Charles Barkley offered a reply that had nothing to do with basketball and everything to do with the arrest of actor Jussie Smollett over allegations that he hired two Nigerian men to stage a racist attack on him.

"Two black guys beating a black guy up," Barkley said late Thursday, sending co-host Shaquille O'Neal into a wheezing laugh that had him banging the desk. The baffled host, Ernie Johnson, could only shake his head and muster, "I can't believe you,...

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