Charles Barkley says he is sticking to the NBA, turning away from any additional overtures to affix LIV Golf as a broadcaster.
I need to thank Greg Norman and LIV for his or her curiosity in me, Barkley instructed the New York Put up. I want these guys nice success and nothing however one of the best. However, in my greatest curiosity, and being truthful to Turner — as a result of Turner and basketball have given me each single factor in my life — Its best for me to maneuver on and I am staying with Turner for the remainder of my TV profession.
Barkley, 59, instructed ESPN on Thursday that he had not acquired a proper provide from LIV however had spoken with Norman, the golf sequence CEO.
I met with Greg and I instructed him sure. I am in a win-win state of affairs, Barkley stated Thursday. If they provide me one thing good, that is nice. If they do not, Ive bought an awesome job at TNT.
Barkley might be holding that nice job after saying Thursday that he did not need to wait too lengthy earlier than making a call as he did not need to hold the community, or his sponsors, in limbo..
A Corridor of Fame basketball participant, Barkley is an avid golfer, though he is 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 difficult by the golf sequence monetary help from Saudi Arabias Public Funding Fund.
Everyones 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 wont love or respect, Barkley stated Thursday. I do not need to be a hypocrite. These guys [LIV golfers] try to make a dwelling. I want them nothing however one of the best. Identical factor with my associates on the PGA Tour. However all people is simply kinda like making an attempt to play the ethical card.
For some purpose, everybody desires to position selective outrage, Barkley stated. I am by no means going to let that occur on my watch.
LIV Golf on Wednesday introduced plans to increase 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 Sequence, which was launched this yr by means of a $300 million funding within the Asian Tour.
Data from ESPNs John Barr was used on this report.