Charles Barkley says he’s sticking to the NBA, turning away from any additional overtures to hitch LIV Golf as a broadcaster.
“I wish to thank Greg Norman and LIV for his or her curiosity in me,” Barkley told the New York Post. “I want these guys nice success and nothing however the perfect. However, in my finest curiosity, and being truthful to Turner — as a result of Turner and basketball have given me each single factor in my life — It’s best for me to maneuver on and I am staying with Turner for the remainder of my TV profession.”
Barkley, 59, advised ESPN on Thursday that he had not obtained a proper supply from LIV however had spoken with Norman, the golf collection’ CEO.
“I met with Greg and I advised him sure. I am in a win-win scenario,” Barkley mentioned Thursday. “If they provide me one thing good, that is nice. If they do not, I’ve acquired a terrific job at TNT.”
Barkley will probably be preserving that nice job after saying Thursday that he did not wish to wait too lengthy earlier than making a call as he did not wish to hold the community, or his sponsors, in limbo..
A Corridor of Fame basketball participant, Barkley is an avid golfer, though he’s identified extra for an uncommon hitch in his swing than for any success on the course. Any inclination he needed to be a part of LIV was sophisticated by the golf collection’ monetary help from Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund.
“Everyone’s making up phrases like ‘sportswashing’ and ‘soiled cash.’ I am like, hear, for those who play sports activities, all of us take cash from some sources you may not love or recognize,” Barkley mentioned Thursday. “I do not wish to be a hypocrite. These guys [LIV golfers] try to make a residing. I want them nothing however the perfect. Similar factor with my pals on the PGA Tour. However all people is simply kinda like making an attempt to play the ethical card.
“For some motive, everybody needs to put selective outrage,” Barkley mentioned. “I am by no means going to let that occur on my watch.”
LIV Golf on Wednesday introduced plans to broaden in 2023 to 14 occasions, with 48 golfers competing for an unprecedented $405 million in purses. LIV Golf additionally will stage further tournaments in 2023 by means of its LIV Golf Worldwide Collection, which was launched this 12 months by means of a $300 million funding within the Asian Tour.
Info from ESPN’s John Barr was used on this report.