Watch: Bill Russell flips Charles Barkley the bird
Bill Russell was involved in an awkward moment with Charles Barkley during the NBA Awards ceremony on TNT Monday.
Barkley was on stage with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to present a lifetime achievement award to the great Oscar Robertson. Barkley thanked a few players, including Russell. When a TNT camera showed Russell, the legendary center flipped off Barkley in hilarious fashion.
Love my guy @RealBillRussell flipping the bird like it ain’t no thing. #bestever pic.twitter.com/xU01nhfeoJ
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) June 26, 2018
Barkley laughed because that’s all he could really do in that situation. The two have a history of respect, as Barkley shared in this story. They also have a history of the middle finger apparently.
Sorry everyone, I forgot it was live TV & I can’t help myself whenever I see Charles it just is pure instinct. @NBAonTNT @NBA #birdman #NBAAwards pic.twitter.com/0zQLvWhuKi
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) June 26, 2018
Who in that room is going to question Bill Russell for his actions? My guess is no one.