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Charles Barkley opens up on joining LIV Golf, could possibly leave ‘Inside the NBA’

Charles Barkley opens up on joining LIV Golf, could possibly leave ‘Inside the NBA’

Jul 27
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“Inside the NBA” pundit and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley responded to many criticisms he has had to deal with for the last couple of days.

The critics started to pile up since Barkley confirmed that he is willing to meet with LIV Golf coordinators in order to talk about his potential recruitment by the Saudi-owned golf tournament.

Barkley, known for his straightforward personality, admitted that money plays a key role in his decision.

“Listen, I’m not going to get on here and say it’s not about the money,” the former NBA MVP said. “Of course it’s about the money. … I love TNT, but, you know, they’re giving guys $200 million, $150 million, $125, I’d be stupid not to listen to that conversation.”

Barkley was reportedly earning around $10-20 million with his current employer TNT, which is owned by Turner Sports. Barkley was then asked what if LIV Golf offered three times his current salary to $60 million.

“If they triple it the next time I’m on your show the first question better be, ‘Charles, where are we celebrating at tonight?,’” Barkley replied with laughter.

Speaking of “Inside the NBA,” the 59-year-old is still under contract until 2025 and if he is to leave TNT, Barkley is not “going to keep TNT in limbo,” saying, “I don’t think it’s fair to them.”

Take the Money and Run

Barkley, an 11-time NBA All-Star, said that he had met with LIV Golf chief Greg Norman. He also did a recent interview with Dan Patrick on “The Dan Patrick Show.”

“I met with Greg Norman. He asked me was I interested. I said, of course, I’m here,” Barkley told Patrick. “I wouldn’t have dinner with you if I wasn’t interested and I’m waiting for them to make me a offer, I guess. That’s all I know so far, but it’s been very stressful on me.”

Greg Norman takes a swing during the QBE Shootout Pro-Am on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 at the Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Fla.
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"Listen, they are making up words, like blood money and sportswashing."

- Charles Barkley

Is this Sportswashing?

LIV Golf has been in the news after many big names in the sport decided to switch tours and participated in that tournament. Names like six-time Major winner Phil Mickelson, former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, former World No.1 and two-time Major championship winner Dustin Johnson are among the biggest names that have joined LIV Golf.

LIV Golf became controversial due to its main financier, the Saudi government, who has been criticized by human rights groups due to Saudi’s involvement in the ongoing war in Yemen, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the highjackers of 9/11, and to oppressive laws toward women and LGBTQ+ in the country.  Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy have all turned down offers to join LIV Golf.

Jul 2, 2022; Portland, Oregon, USA; Members of the 4 Aces GC (from left) Pat Perez, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, and Talor Gooch celebrate after winning the team award
during the final round of the LIV Golf tournament at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

 

"If they triple it, next time I'm on your show, the first question better be "Charles, where are we celebrating tonight?"

- Charles Barkley

  • Charles Barkley

    Charles Wade Barkley is an American former professional basketball player who is a television analyst on TNT. Nicknamed "Sir Charles", "Chuck", and "the Round Mound of Rebound",

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  • LIV Golf

    LIV Golf () is a professional golf tour financed by the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia. The name LIV is a reference to the Roman numeral for 54,

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  • Greg Norman

    Gregory John Norman AO is an Australian entrepreneur and retired professional golfer who spent 331 weeks as the world's Number 1 Official World Golf Rankings ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s.

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