Inside the NBA analyst and former NBA player Charles Barkley said he would not be on the LIV Golf series as a TV presenter.
“I want to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their interest in me,” Barkley said. New York Post. “I wish these guys great success and all the best. But it’s in my best interest, and in fairness to Turner, because Turner and basketball have given me everything in my life. It’s better for me to leave and I will stay with Turner for the rest of my television career.”
Barkley, 59, said his decision to end contact talks with the LIV was not due to Saudi Arabia backing him.
“It has nothing to do with it,” Barkley said. “I told you, ‘I don’t like the words ‘sports wash’ and ‘blood money’. I don’t like those words at all because every country, including the United States, has things they need to improve.”
Barkley said golf week Thursday that his “No. 1 priority is Turner” and that he’s not going to “keep Turner in limbo.”
Barkley three years and 30 dollars million left on his TNT contract and he said on “The Dan Patrick Show” that he was making an extra $10 million from endorsements.
“To be honest, I haven’t spoken to Turner,” Barkley said. “I think they were nervous because everyone was throwing these numbers around. Obviously, I would never drag them into a trade war. I didn’t talk to Turner.
Earlier, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame said that he likely to retire from “Inside the NBA” at the end of his current contract.
“It will be interesting,” Barkley said. “I don’t want to abuse hospitality. I’ve been doing this for 21 years now. First of all, man, I’m almost 60 years old. I am well aware that my body is disintegrating, as the bodies of all older guys are disintegrating. I wish I could be somewhere on vacation instead of sitting in Turner’s studio while I decompose. I don’t want to rot on TV.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Charles Barkley wraps up LIV golf talk: ‘I don’t want to rot on TV’