Charles Barkley has confirmed a meeting with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman over a potential broadcast role, while pushing back what he called “selective outrage” towards the Saudi-funded series.
Barkley could get an LIV offer from Norman after they met in Atlanta on Wednesday, but the Basketball Hall of Famer told the New York Post that leaving his reported eight-figure income as an NBA analyst should be extremely lucrative for him for TNT and spokesman for several companies.
“In a perfect scenario, I would like to do both [TNT and LIV]’ Barkley told the Post on Thursday. “I don’t know how Turner’s sponsors will feel about this. I know there will be a setback.”
Barkley said he heard from several sponsors following reports of his meeting with Norman. LIV Golf has come under scrutiny for its ties to the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund. The Saudi government has been accused of human rights abuses and the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“You checked me in,” Barkley said. “What I was telling Subway, Capital One and Dick’s Sporting Goods, I said, ‘Wait a minute. I haven’t signed anything. I didn’t meet the guy.'”
Barkley also dismissed the concept that LIV golfers were taking “blood money” from Saudi Arabia.
“I said [Norman], ‘Listen, they make up words like blood money and sportswear.’ I said, ‘We’ve all taken blood money, and we’ve all washed some sports, so I don’t like those words, to be honest.’
“When you’re in professional sports, you’re taking some kind of money for a non-profit cause.”
Barkley told the Post that he will be playing in the Pro-Am at the next LIV Golf event, scheduled for next week at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.
He’s the second person this week to be linked with a possible jump to LIV to serve as a broadcaster. The Post reported Monday that David Feherty is leaving NBC and is expected to join the Breakaway Tour as an analyst for eight to 10 tournaments a year.
https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34276579/charles-barkley-calls-selective-outrage-liv-golf-amid-reported-interest-hire-him Charles Barkley calls out ‘selective outrage’ over LIV Golf amid reported interest to hire him