If there is a more convincing example of why the seven-second delay is a good idea for broadcasts than TNT's Charles Barkley, I am blissfully unaware of it.
Last night, Chuckles gave the entire viewing audience the one-finger salute during a discussion about Kobe Bryant's bent digits. When co-host Ernie Johnson said that Bryant's finger had a ton of bumps and bends in it, Barkley scoffed, saying all players have messed-up fingers. Johnson then asked to see the free-speech enthusiast's hands.
Johnson implored Barkley to say the middle-finger showing was an April Fool's Day prank, but Barkley wasn't having it.
The best part of the whole video is Kenny Smith, who looks like he wants to crawl into a hole somewhere. You'd think he'd be used to the always unpredictable Barkley's ways.