UPDATE: Billy Packer responded to Charles Barkley's rant on Thursday night. Appearing on 790 The Zone with Mayhem in the A.M., Packer challenged Barkley to a debate about intercollegiate athletics and college basketball.
Former CBS broadcaster Billy Packer criticized the new television contract for the NCAA men's basketball tournament three weeks ago, claiming that ESPN would do a better job covering the tournament than Turner Sports.
Charles Barkley fired back at Packer on Thursday night during halftime of the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.
"Hey Billy Packer, you might be right. We might not be very good and know all the players on all the teams in college basketball," Barkley said. "I don't know any players on Wofford or UNC Asheville. You are absolutely right. But stop being a jackass."
Barkley went on to tell Packer to enjoy March Madness "with Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg, Jim Nantz and all of us [at Turner], and shut the hell up."
Packer called 34 consecutive Final Fours on CBS before leaving the network in 2008.
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