I don't really know why Heat fans might be upset with Charles Barkley. Maybe it's because of his recent little spat with Dwyane Wade where he called the Heat a "whiny bunch." Maybe, oh I don't know, he said something else in the past 10 months that they haven't forgotten. Maybe it's because he picked the Bulls.
Whatever the case, they vocalized some level of displeasure for him after Game 3 in Miami.
TNT's studio team broadcast postgame outside of American Airlines Arena and the crowd behind started chanting at Barkley and even threw what appeared to be a balled up t-shirt at him. Barkley, being Barkley, returned serve by flipping off the crowd behind him. Are you really all that surprised? Here's video of the event (with a warning that there's profanity throughout the clip):
The Sun Sentinel reports that TNT will be moving their studio show indoors for Game 4 to avoid a repeat of the scene outside. Barkley went on Miami radio and talked about the incident:
"You know those people can yell and scream but they don't have the hair on their (butt) to grab me," he said. "They don't have enough hair on their (butts) to walk up to me man to man and say, 'Let's do this.'Good comeback, Chuck. I always love the "I'm better than you" response.
"All that yelling and screaming just makes me laugh, man."
"They were telling me I suck," he said. "They were telling me I never won a championship. Like, 'Come on, give me something better than that, dude.'
"I always laugh at that statement, 'You didn't get a ring.' I'm like, 'Dude, you work at McDonald's.' My life's a lot better than yours. You relax.'"
Wade added to it when asked about the incident, taking the fans' side. "Charles got a little frustrated with it. Good for them." I'm sure he hasn't forgotten the whiny comment either.
Of course earlier in the game a Heat fan heckled Joakim Noah so much that Noah responded with an apparent gay slur directed at the fan. Game 3 was quite eventful for Heat fans.