Charles Barkley, who used to make his money as a basketball player, hasn’t left much room for doubt about what he would do if he was offered the kinds of money that golfers are reportedly being offered these days.
Last month, he went on the Pat McAfee Show and said, “Listen, if someone gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative.”
In an interview with the New York Post, Barkley, who is in the NBA Hall of Fame, an NBA analyst, and a golfer who has been made fun of a lot, confirmed that he had dinner with Norman on Wednesday to talk about a broadcasting job with Norman’s controversial, Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series. Barkley said that he and Norman only talked, but he did agree to play in the pro-am of LIV’s next event, which will be held next week at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.
The Post said that Barkley has a three-year, $30 million deal with Turner Sports, but he told the newspaper that he could also work for LIV.
Barkley told the Post, “In a perfect scenario, I would love to do both.”
‘In the interview, Barkley also shared his strong feelings about the idea of ‘sportswashing.’ He said, “We have all taken ‘blood money” and we all have ‘sportswashed’ something so I don’t like those words, to be honest with you. If you are in pro sports, you are taking some type of money from not a great cause.” The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia gives money to LIV. The PIF is the financial arm of the Saudi government, which has broken many human rights laws.
But Barkley also told the Post that his sponsors got in touch with him when they heard he was meeting with Norman.
“Between [my Turner contract] and all my commercials, for me to risk all of that, it would have to be some serious money thrown my way,” Barkley told the Post.
So, keep an eye out. Of course, putting a basketball player and analyst on a golf broadcast for a lot of money might surprise some people. However, Barkley’s love of golf is well-known, and he’s ended up playing in and called the Match series.
The conversation between Barkley and LIV went public when he was on the Pat McAfee Show. It was recorded during the second round of the U.S. Open, and Barkley said: “I want all the LIV guys on top of 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 also said on the show, Charles Barkley, who once made his money as a basketball player, has given little doubt what he would do if offered the figures reportedly being tossed out recently to golfers.
“I think I looked at the board: Dustin’s the only one in contention,” he also said on the show. “I would love to see Dustin against Rory and Justin Thomas because, man, that would be so awesome for TV. Because like I say, I don’t judge other people. Listen, if someone gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative.”
A week ago, Barkley went on the Next Round show while the Open Championship was going on. He was asked to confirm a rumor that LIV was trying to hire him as an analyst, which he did.
“They called me and asked me would I meet with them and I said yes,” Barkley said on the show. “Nothing is imminent. I actually don’t know everything they want from me, or what they technically want me to do. But you got to always look at every opportunity that’s available. So the answer to your question is, 100 percent, yes, I’m going to meet with LIV.”
The Post and Next Round both talked to Barkley after the meeting, and golf site No Laying Up’s Todd Schuster tweeted pictures of Norman and Barkley from the meeting, which you can see in the picture at the top of this article.
LIV shows games in the U.S. on its website, Facebook, and YouTube. Arlo White calls the action, Jerry Foltz and Dom Boulet give analysis, and Su-Ann Heng and Troy Mullins report live from the course. This week, the New York Post also said that analyst David Feherty was leaving NBC and going to work for LIV.
Original article posted on Golf.com
Photo posted by: TWITTER.COM/TRONCARTERNLU