It’s an instant meme! And believe me when I tell you, you’re just going to have to see it to get the full story… So please press on, dear reader. But spoiler alert: We’ve included all the complete video story below, and trust us when we tell you… You. Will. Not. Want. To. Miss. It.
As we know, Shaquille O’Neal is one of the regular in-studio commentators for the NBA coverage of the TNT network, based in Atlanta (where Shaq has one of his several homes and lots of business interests). Game nights, he’s on stage with former players Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, along with ringleader Ernie Johnson, Jr. The four have been together for years, and their show is generally considered to be the gold standard in NBA TV coverage and commentary.
So earlier this week, someone on the crew of the show apparently found a popular video meme making its way around the interwebs. It all started on the site called TikTok. Honestly, that’s a new one by us here at ShaqFu Radio Blog headquarters, but hey, there’s something new out there every day, right? Here’s the trick (certainly no treat): A group of people get together in a circle, and lean in so they face the camera, placed on the ground in the middle of the circle. One of the members of the group throws something (anything, really) straight up into the air, and maybe – just maybe – it lands on one of the people in the circle. Funny, right? Well…maybe.
So the crew at NBA headquarters at the TNT network thought that might be a good idea for the gang of O’Neal, Johnson, Barkley and Smith to try. Ernie Johnson (who’s usually the adult in the room for this kind of thing), said it first and straight out, “This is probably not a good idea.” And yet they did it…right there on live TV.
Honestly, the straight-up tossing part of the video is pretty funny…but nothing special. But here’s where it all went south in a hurry: Somebody gave Barkley what appears to be a chicken-bucket filled with eggs. (Maybe a reference to Shaq’s Big Chicken restaurant? Who knows…) And so the FOOD FIGHT was on…sort of. Actually, it was more of an ambush, with Barkley letting Shaq have it, fresh-egg style.
Of course it took exactly zero point zero zero two seconds for the video to be posted on social media. And since it happened in a real live professional TV studio, there were numerous camera angles, slow motion shots and lots more to cover the “incident” from every conceivable direction.
All this led (of course!) to a huge spike in the Twitter-verse, with comments and pictures flooding in. You may want to do a little research on your own. For your viewing pleasure however, look no further than right below this story. The full, beautiful story in all its high-def glory. (Or is that gory?)
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