Charles Barkley says he might resign from $30MILLION TNT contract to join LIV Tour

Charles Barkley says he might ‘have to resign’ from his $30 MILLION TNT broadcasting contract to join LIV Tour after former NBA star confirms his plans to participate in next week’s tour event in New Jersey

  • Speaking on Gary McCord’s SiriusXM radio show, Barkley, 59, said TNT might not allow him to put his wicked slice on display in the LIV Golf Series
  • ‘I don’t know anything. I don’t know if TNT would let me do it, to be honest with you,’ the former NBA star, who is worth an estimated $50 million, said 
  • The New York Post reported that Barkley plans to join LIV as a broadcaster in its event next week at the Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey

TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley has admitted he might have to resign from his $30 million contract with the network if he joins the LIV tour. 

Speaking on Gary McCord’s SiriusXM radio show, Barkley, 59, said TNT might not allow him to put his wicked slice on display in the LIV Golf Series.

‘I don’t know anything. I don’t know if TNT would let me do it, to be honest with you,’ the former NBA star, who is worth an estimated $50 million, said. 

On Tuesday, the New York Post reported Barkley plans to play in LIV’s event next week at the Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey

A controversial move as the LIV Tour has become the biggest rival of the PGA Tour, the main organizer of men’s golf tours in North America, as prominent players – like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy – have been critical of the Saudi Arabia-funded circuit, calling it a money grab.

As for broadcasting, Barkley has a three-year contract worth $30 million with TNT, working multiple events including the Emmy-winning ‘Inside the NBA’ studio show alongside fellow sportscasters, Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal.  

But Barkley has hinted he’s not worried about losing his TNT contract, or how Turner’s sponsors would feel about it, saying he’s ‘fascinated’ by the idea of joining the LIV Tour. 

‘I’m assuming some [corporate clients]  would go away, but … that’s why this whole thing is fascinating for me to give up. Because like I say, ”I have no idea how TNT is going to respond. I don’t even know if they’ll let me do it,” Barkley told McCord.  

TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley has admitted he might have to resign from his $30 million contract with the network if he joins the LIV tour (File)

TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley has admitted he might have to resign from his $30 million contract with the network if he joins the LIV tour (File)

The LIV Golf Series began in June, paying immense, guaranteed contracts to golfers to join the new tour and leave the established PGA Tour membership behind. 

Some players have pointed to the lighter schedule of events as a tipping point in their decision.

Broadcaster David Feherty is reportedly close to officially joining LIV from NBC Sports. Arlo White, formerly of NBC, also joined LIV.

The Post reported Barkley dined with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman in Atlanta on Wednesday, adding, ‘Norman is going to next prepare Barkley an offer.’

Those leaving for the LIV Golf Series are to be suspended by the PGA Tour once they play a LIV event. 

The field at Bedminster, the third event in the series, will include 11 major champions, four former world number ones and players from 13 different countries.

KEEP BARKLEY AWAY FROM YOUR MOMMA! OR ELSE …

On May 19, Barkley got into a playful argument with Golden State Warriors fans, telling them he was going to ‘f*** your mama.’

Barkley, 59, has a long-standing feud with Warriors fans and the tradition continued as the 6-foot-6 star was harassed outside of Chase Stadium — the Warriors’ home arena — in San Francisco.

Fans stood behind the platform and yelled ‘Chuck’ as the star filmed ‘Inside the NBA’ with his fellow TNT show commentators: Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson, Dwyane Wade and Kenny Smith.

It didn’t take much for Barkley to turn around during a commercial break as he casually warned, ‘Hey guys leave me alone or I’ll come over your house and f*** your momma.’

On May 19, Barkley got into a playful argument with Warriors fans, telling them he was going to 'f*** your momma'

On May 19, Barkley got into a playful argument with Warriors fans, telling them he was going to ‘f*** your momma’

In another clip, the 16-seasons graduate goaded his haters by singing back, ‘Let’s go Mavs,’ which was promptly booed by the audience.

The star was referring to the then-upcoming series of games between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Speaking about how ‘no one’s going to overreact,’ the retired star, whose career ended in 2000, is seen looking over his shoulder and pointing at the crowd, yelling back, ‘Hey, you’re right, you’re all shit too.’ ‘

He chuckled as the crowd roared before telling his fellow commentators, ‘No, no, I love doing that.’

Earlier in the day, Barkley had told Warriors player Draymond Green that he didn’t care about the San Francisco area.

‘I don’t like the area, I hate the area,’ he told Green.

Green jokingly replied, ‘The area hates you,’ causing the other commenters to laugh.

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The Post reported Barkley dined with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman in Atlanta on Wednesday, adding, 'Norman is going to next prepare Barkley an offer'

 The Post reported Barkley dined with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman in Atlanta on Wednesday, adding, ‘Norman is going to next prepare Barkley an offer’

Barkley is a former NBA player. Above, he dribbles against the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 27, 1986 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif/

Barkley is a former NBA player. Above, he dribbles against the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 27, 1986 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif/

Participants in the controversial tour, which has split golf, are competing for a share of a $25 million purse.

In June, Barkley sided with players joining the LIV tour, saying that money sealed the deal. 

‘Listen, if somebody gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative,’ Barkley joked on The Pat McAfee Show. 

He was referring to Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and other golfers who recently fueled chaos in the world of golf by signing with LIV.

‘Hey, I’m serious. Hey, they said, Phil Mickelson got $200 million and Dustin and Justin got $150 million. Hey, for $150 million. I’ll kill a relative, even one I like,’ Barkley said.

Other times Charles Barkley’s has delivered his very …  singular comedic style 

2018 – Long shot on Family Feud 

Appearing on ‘Family Feud,’ Barkley was asked: ‘If a man’s zipper breaks at church, what might he use to cover it up?’

He answered, ‘a baby.’ And he got it right.

Steve Harvey: ‘A person sounds better! A child? A baby? Damn, Chuck.’  

2017 – Barkley tries Churros for the first time 

Barkley sent the set of ‘NBA on TNT’ into laughter when he announced he had tried churros for the first time, at age 54. 

‘I had churros last night. I see what all the excitement is about! I had churros last night. Them churros are good. They are the bomb. I got to apologize to churros [for not trying them before],’ he said. 

2009 – ‘A sprained ankle during a game is worse than giving birth’ 

During a segment on his TNT show, Barkley joked that spraining an ankle during a basketball game was more painful than labor and that ‘women be milking that baby thing.’ 

The joke was revisited on ‘Inside the NBA’ this year, when his daughter, Christiana, appeared on the show saying an NBA game was 48 minutes while some women were in child labor for 48 hours. 

‘Baby, I meant other women,’ Barkley said.  

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