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Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith Offer Moving Tribute to Ernie Johnson on Death of His Son Michael: TRAINA THOUGHTS

1. The sports media world has offered a number of classy tributes to Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson over the past several days after his son Michael died Friday at the age of 33 from Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The outpouring of well wishes for Johnson and his family has shown that there may not be a more beloved person in sports media.

Tuesday night, it was time for Johnson’s longtime Inside the NBA colleagues, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal, to speak about Michael and the Johnson family.

The show opened with this powerful 2019 video of Ernie talking about him and his wife, Cheryl Ann, adopting Michael, their relationship and how there is value in every person.