Kenny “The Jet” Smith says it’s way past time for Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan to be best buddies again … telling TMZ Sports his “Inside The NBA” cohost needs to do the right thing and apologize for pissing MJ off a decade ago.
Barkley recently revealed in an interview he still hasn’t spoken to MJ in forever … after their friendship was famously ruined over comments he made during a TV appearance about the G.O.A.T.’s job as owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan haven’t spoken to each other in 10 years over something Charles said on air.
He expands on what happened and what he would say to him if he had the chance.
“Let’s get past this bullshit.” pic.twitter.com/5ksNPeoaRL
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) November 29, 2022
We spoke with Kenny about the drama … and he said Chuck and MJ both being super stubborn guys on and off the court is what is keeping them from being cool again — but there’s one thing that should happen in order to bury the hatchet once and for all.
“Apologize, Chuck. You were in the wrong,” Kenny told us … jokingly adding, “He’s always in the wrong!! I don’t want to speak to Chuck today, either.”
Of course, Kenny is the last person to successfully get Chuck and MJ together … with the trio posing for a pic back in 2016 together.
While Smith told us the interaction wasn’t “awkward” at the time, he said even back then Chuck still had work to do to get back in MJ’s good graces.
Now, here we are in 2023 … and Smith is doubling down on wanting Barkley to apologize.
What say you, Chuck??