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During a recent appearance on "The Next Round," Auburn basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley shared his "hatred" of Alabama fans.

Barkley opened his weekly interview by blasting the fanbase for acting like "it's the end of the world" because the Crimson Tide have two losses and are seemingly out of national championship contention.

"I just want Alabama fans to know how much I hate them," Barkley stated. "You know, these guys have lost two games, and they act like it's Armageddon. This is why I have a hatred for Alabama. You've got Nick Saban, who is the greatest college football coach ever. I've got a lot of love and respect for coach Saban. I think he's the greatest ever by far — no disrespect to anybody else — but the reason I hate Alabama fans, and they're a bunch of my friends, too. These guys have lost two games, and they think it's the end of the world."

Although he does not care for the fanbase, Barkley said he had a lot of "love and respect" for Tide head coach Nick Saban.

"[I]f Nick Saban called me and said, 'Charles, would you come over and cut the grass?' I'd say, 'Coach, I'll be there at 10:00,'" he declared, adding Saban made an effort to understand what his black players were feeling in the wake of George Floyd's death.

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