ATHENS — Former Auburn and NBA basketball star Charles Barkley might want to stop making bets with Georgia graduate and Inside the NBA host Ernie Johnson Jr.
The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs beat then-No. 24 Auburn by a 27-10 count last Saturday in Sanford Stadium in what’s known as the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.”
It is fast becoming the oldest running joke on TNT that Barkley keeps losing the same bet.
Barkley donned a Georgia football helmet on the “Inside the NBA” TV show this week with the Bulldogs’ fight song playing.
Chuck had to make good on his friendly wager with EJ after Georgia beat Auburn 😂 pic.twitter.com/8reL5jjDKL
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 16, 2018
For good measure, former LSU star and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal smacked the helmet down on Barkley’s head.
Barkley had to wear a Georgia jersey on air last year, and four years ago, he sang the Georgia fight song on air.
Barkley starred at Auburn from 1981-84 before embarking on an NBA Hall of Fame career, an 11-time all star and 1993 NBA Most Valuable Player who used his size and strength to score and rebound in the paint.
Amazingly, Barkley said he never played football growing up in Leeds, Ala., despite having the frame and athleticism of hall of fame tight end.
Johnson, who is also a lead voice for Major League Baseball and contributes coverage of the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, is the son of former Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer Ernie Johnson Sr.
Johnson, known on air as “E.J.,” is a UGA journalism graduate who began his career working radio in Athens and has risen to the top of his profession.
Former NBA star Kenny Smith also hosts Inside the NBA on TNT.