Charles Barkley says he would ‘kill a relative’ to receive $200 million to join LIV golf tour


‘I’d kill a relative for that much!’: Charles Barkley says he doesn’t blame LIV golfers taking up to $200m to join Saudi-backed tour

  • Former NBA star Charles Barkley doesn’t blame PGA golfers for leaving to the LIV tour in exchange for $200 million
  • Barkley joked on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ that he would ‘kill a relative’ to receive a payday of between $150m to $200m
  • Barkley’s comments come amid U.S. Open controversy as some golfers jump ship 
  • Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Brooks Koepka, and Sergio Garcia are among some of the PGA golfers that have joined the rebel Saudi backed tour 
  • Meanwhile, golf star Tiger Woods turned down a nine-figure payday to join the start-up league

As tensions heighten in the world of golf as some PGA golfers jumped ship to the Saudi-backed LIV tour, Charles Barkley said he doesn’t blame the athletes for cashing in on higher pay.

The former NBA basketball star and TNT analyst appeared on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ on Friday where he said that he doesn’t fault the golfers joining the start-up league for $200 million.

‘Listen, if somebody gave me 200 million, I’d kill a relative,’ Barkley joked while referring to Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and other golfers who recently fueled chaos in the world of golf by signing with LIV.

Tensions are rising in golf as some plays move to join LIV, the rebel Saudi backed tour

Tensions are rising in golf as some plays move to join LIV, the rebel Saudi backed tour

Barkley said he doesn't blame golfers for joining the LIV tour for $200m. The former NBA star joked he would 'kill a relative' if someone gave him the same amount

Barkley said he doesn’t blame golfers for joining the LIV tour for $200m. The former NBA star joked he would ‘kill a relative’ if someone gave him the same amount 

The former NBA star claimed he is rooting for chaos at the U.S. Open and wants to see the LIV golfers at the top of the leaderboard

The former NBA star claimed he is rooting for chaos at the U.S. Open and wants to see the LIV golfers at the top of the leaderboard

‘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 joked.

The former NBA star also said he is was looking forward to chaos at the U.S. Open – claiming he wants to see all the LIV golfers at the leaderboard. 

‘I want to see the PGA Tour shaking in their damn boots. Listen, I’m not a religious dude, but I want chaos this weekend at the U.S. Open,’ he said. 

Barkley’s comments come as LIV has recruited multiple players over the past few weeks. 

Phil Mickelson left for LIV Golf Series for a 'fresh start'

Phil Mickelson left for LIV Golf Series for a ‘fresh start’ 

Brooks Koepka, 32, is a recent member of the PGA Tour heading to join the LIV Golf Series in exchange for a nine-digit check

Brooks Koepka, 32, is a recent member of the PGA Tour heading to join the LIV Golf Series in exchange for a nine-digit check

Meanwhile, golf star Tiger Woods declined a nine-figure offer to leave PGA for the Saudi backed rival group

Meanwhile, golf star Tiger Woods declined a nine-figure offer to leave PGA for the Saudi backed rival group

Brooks Koepka, 32, is one of the most recent golf stars to quit the PGA Tour and join the LIV Golf Series, according to reports on Tuesday.

Koepka’s LIV membership will be announced next week, the Telegraph reported.

As for now, he will remain on the PGA Tour for the rest of the week.

Meanwhile, golfer Mickelson joined LIV in early June, claiming he was ready for a ‘fresh start,’ Fox News reported.

Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia are among the other golfers heading to LIV golf. 

Legend Tiger Woods reportedly refused a nine-figure offer to ditch PGA and play for the Saudi backed rival group, according to Fox News.

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

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