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Barkley utters on-air expletive

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09:21 AM ET 06.06 | During TNT's "Inside the NBA" following the Orlando Magic's series-clinching Game 6 victory in the Eastern Conference finals last Saturday, popular studio analyst Charles Barkley used a word on the air so inappropriate, even Dennis Eckersley would have known better. As studio host Ernie Johnson was signing off for the final time this season - the Finals air exclusively on ESPN and ABC - he was offering plaudits to the program's behind-the-scenes crew. As he concluded praising producer Tim Kiely, Barkley pulled a move popular among mischievous middle schoolers and faked a cough while simultaneously spitting out an expletive. After a moment of did-that-just happen? silence, fellow analyst Reggie Miller asked the question on everyone's mind: "What is wrong with you? Barkley was not publicly reprimanded, though that probably had to do with it being the network's final program until November - out of sight, out of mind, in other words. But there is no doubt he crosses the line of good taste too often, and sometimes needs to remember the envelope is fine right where it is.

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