Charles Barkley said he’s going to support both the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, and that he’s in “a win-win situation” while he waits for the new series to make him an offer to join its broadcasting crew. (2:30)
“I want to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their interest in me,” Barkley told the New York Post. “I wish those guys great success and nothing but the best. But, in my best interest, and being fair to Turner — because Turner and basketball have given me every single thing in my life — It is best for me to move on and I’m staying with Turner for the rest of my TV career.”
A Hall of Fame basketball player, Barkley is an avid golfer, although he’s known more for an unusual hitch in his swing than for any success on the course. Any inclination he had to join LIV was complicated by the golf series’ financial support from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
“Everybody’s making up words like ‘sportswashing’ and ‘dirty money.’ I’m like, listen, if you play sports, we all take money from some sources you might not love or appreciate,” Barkley said Thursday. “I don’t want to be a hypocrite. These guys [LIV golfers] are trying to make a living. I wish them nothing but the best. Same thing with my friends on the PGA Tour. But everybody is just kinda like trying to play the moral card.