03/01/2012 10:17 am ET Updated Mar 01, 2012

Charles Barkley: 'Twenty Percent' Of NBA Fans Need To Be Shot

It's no secret that Charles Barkley loves to speak his mind. Whether he's talking about his hatred for Skip Bayless or his deal with Weight Watchers, whenever Sir Charles has the mic it's hard not to pay attention.

That was certainly the case on Wednesday when the NBA Hall of Famer went on Jim Rome's radio show and talked about his problem with some NBA fans.

"Fans man. They love their team and their player. They don't want to hear any criticisms," he said before going down a much more morbid road. "They just want you to be 100 percent for their team period. I think it's only a small faction. I think 80 percent are great. Twenty percent, I wish you could take them out back and just shoot them."

Rome then gave him an opportunity to downplay it, but Barkley was persistent.

"No, I meant that Jim. Eighty percent of the fans are fantastic. But 20 percent of them are so mean-spirited and say the most nasty things to you, because they know you can't grab them," said Barkley.

Fans of the Miami Heat, of course, already know that he's Barkley doesn't like them. At this point most NBA fans understand that a not insignificant portion of Barkley's outbursts need to be taken with several grains of salt. But has he gone too far in this rant?

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