Charles Barkley to stay with TNT instead of moving to LIV Golf
Ricky Gray | August 1, 2022
The former NBA star turned broadcast personality thanked the league for their interest.
Charles Barkley has decided to stay with TNT and continue to cover basketball and the NBA instead of making the switch to LIV Golf.
Barkley told the New York Post: “I want to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their interest in me. I wish those guys great success and nothing but the best.
“But, in my best interest, and being fair to Turner -- because Turner and basketball have given me every single thing in my life -- It is best for me to move on and I'm staying with Turner for the rest of my TV career.”
The 59-year-old told ESPN that LIV Golf hadn’t presented him with a formal offer but talks were in place.
On Thursday, Barkley said: “I met with Greg and I told him yes. I'm in a win-win situation. If they offer me something good, that's great. If they don't, I've got a great job at TNT.”
There’s a lot of negative talk surrounding LIV Golf which could’ve played a part in Barkley deciding not to join the league. The Saudi-funded league has stirred up a lot of controversy in the sports world.
Continuing on Thursday, Barkley added: “Everybody's making up words like 'sportswashing' and 'dirty money. I'm like, listen, if you play sports, we all take money from some sources you might not love or appreciate.”
LIV Golf announced plans on Wednesday to expand in 2023 to 14 events, with 48 golfers competing for an unprecedented $405m in purses.
The group also plans to stage additional tournaments in 2023 through its LIV Golf International Series which launched this year through a $300m investment in the Asain Tour.