Charles Barkley said that he had met Greg Norman, CEO LIV Golf, about a potential broadcasting role. He also reacted to what he called selective indignation toward the Saudi-funded series.
After their meeting in Atlanta on Wednesday, Barkley could be offered a LIV by Norman. However, the Basketball Hall of Famer will not be granting Barkley a LIV offer. The New York PostHe would have to make a lot of money to quit his eight-figure salary as an NBA analyst for TNT, and spokesperson for multiple companies.
In a perfect world, I would love to do both. [TNT and LIV]Barkley stated that on Thursday. I don’t know what Turner’s sponsors will think about it. There will be some backlash.
Barkley claimed that he has received information from many sponsors after Normans meeting. LIV Golfs ties to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund have been under scrutiny. Saudi Arabias government has been accused of human rights violations and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post journalist.
Barkley stated that they checked in with me. What I told Subway and Capital One was that Dicks Sporting Goods had checked in with me, I said, Wait a minute. I haven’t signed anything. I have not met with the man. Lets just let this happen before you all call me mad.
Barkley also dismissed the notion that LIV golfers were receiving blood money in Saudi Arabia.
I told [Norman] Listen, they are making up words like blood money or sportswashing. I replied, We have all taken blood money and we have all sportswashed something. So I dont like these words, to be truthful with you.
If your job is in pro sports, it means you are making money for a small cause.
Barkley confirmed to the Post that the pro-am of the next LIV Golf event will take place next week at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.
He is the second person linked to a possible jump from NBC to LIV to be a broadcaster. The Post reported Monday, that David Feherty has left NBC. He will be joining the breakaway tour as an analysis for eight to ten tournaments annually.