Charles Barkley sticking with Turner, ends LIV talks


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA – JULY 9: Former NBA player Charles Barkley tees off on the 15th hole during round one of the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe South golf course on July 9, 2020 in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

(NewsNation) — Charles Barkley pulled the plug on talks to join the LIV Golf Series as a broadcaster and will stay with Turner and “Inside the NBA.”

“I want to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their interest in me,” Barkley said in a phone interview with the New York Post. “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.”

Barkley played in the LIV Pro-Am event Thursday at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster one week after dining with Norman in Atlanta.

His current contract with TNT includes three more years at a total of $30 million, Barkley has said.

Barkley, 59, said Thursday he felt he was a in a “win-win” scenario but added many companies with whom he had endorsement agreements had already reached out regarding their position on the LIV chatter.

A power forward, Barkley was an 11-time All-Star over 16 NBA seasons from 1984-2000. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

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