Shaq Says He'll 'Will Smith' His TNT Co-Host Charles Barkley

Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal recently joked about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, saying he will do the same to his NBA on TNT co-host, Charles Barkley.

In a video obtained by TMZ, O'Neal performed a freestyle rap this week about his NBA on TNT co-hosts, Barkley and fellow member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Kenny Smith.

"Tomorrow I'm on TNT, with f***ing Kenny, with f***ing Chuck, I might Will Smith his ass I don't give a f***," O'Neal raps in the video.

The joke by O'Neal comes just a few days after Smith made headlines for slapping Rock at the 94th Academy Awards in California. The slap was prompted by a joke made by Rock about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The slap was seen by people across the globe and has prompted an array of differing opinions, with some condemning Smith while others have said the comedian went too far with the joke, which was about Pinkett Smith's shaved head, as she suffers from the hair loss condition, alopecia.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Smith apologized for slapping Rock and wrote, "My behavior at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally."

In addition to referencing the slap during his freestyle rap, O'Neal spoke about the incident on The Big Podcast, where he said, "There's two sides of what Chris should have done. He was the bigger man, very corporate, didn't do nothing, back came with a joke right away....Kudos to him for having the Martin Luther King mentality, take it on the cheek and continue to be peaceful."

"Now, what I would have did, I would have told the people 'lock the door'. O'Neal continued. "There's nobody leaving until I get the hold of him."

Barkley also spoke about the slap during an appearance on The Next Round live show, where he said, "Will Smith was 100 percent wrong."

Following the slap, Rock gave his first comedy show on Wednesday night at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, Massachusetts. According to Variety, Rock addressed the slap during the show as he said, "I don't have a bunch of s*** about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend. I'm still kind of processing what happened."

"So, at some point, I'll talk about that s***. And it will be serious and funny," Rock added, according to Variety.

Newsweek reached out to TNT and O'Neal for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Former NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal jokingly said that he will "Will Smith" his NBA on TNT co-host Charles Barkley in a freestyle rap. Above, O'Neal, Ernie Johnson Jr., Kenny Smith, and Barkley are seen onstage at the 2018 NBA Awards on June 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Kevin Winter/Getty