Charles Barkley Blasts Arizona Sheriff During Halftime Utah/Denver Game

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIApril 29, 2010

DALLAS - FEBRUARY 12:  Nba Announcer and former NBA player Charles Barkley looks on during the game between the Sophomore team and the Rookie team during the second half of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center on February 12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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He did it again.

During the half-time intermission of the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets playoff game on Wednesday night, color commentator Charles Barkley blasted Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his controversial approach to handling immigration in Arizona.

The incident came as late night host George Lopez joined the TNT halftime crew in Atlanta, GA during the half-time show.

Sheriff Arpaio has come under fire for his support for Arizona's new immigration law which would give police the power to question and detain suspected illegal immigrants.

Lopez had to verbally restrain Barkley as he called out, "Yeah! Joe Arpaio!" after bringing up the issues in Arizona.

Lopez interrupted him by saying, "that's enough."

Arpaio is supporter of the new law. He has conducted many sweeps and raids of homes within the county that have 'suspected' illegal immigrants.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is one of the opponents of Arpaio’s raids and the new law, saying they unfairly target Hispanics.


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