Charles Barkley won’t be part of the polarizing LIV Golf tour as a broadcaster, he advised the New York Submit in an interview, citing a need to stay with Turner Sports activities and NBA on TNT for the remainder of his profession.
“I wish to thank Greg Norman and LIV for his or her curiosity in me,” Barkley mentioned in accordance with The Submit. “I want these guys nice success and nothing however the most effective. However, in my greatest curiosity, and being truthful to Turner — as a result of Turner and basketball have given me each single factor in my life. It’s best for me to maneuver on and I’m staying with Turner for the remainder of my TV profession.”
The Submit added that Barkley’s choice to finish discussions with LIV Golf was not associated to the tour’s Saudi Arabian Public Funding Fund-backing.
In an look on The Subsequent Spherical, Barkley had beforehand mentioned he was planning to fulfill with Norman a few potential supply.
The at the moment broadcast for the golf tour, which is barely accessible through on-line streaming, has Arlo White, former voice of the Premier League on NBC, as its announcer together with former Golf Channel analyst Jerry Foltz and Dom Boulet.
The upstart sequence, fronted by Norman, goals to problem the PGA Tour and has lured gamers with huge signing bonuses, no cuts, assured cash for the 48-player fields, in addition to multi-million greenback offers, some within the ballpark of $100-plus million.
However critics name the tour an try at “sportswashing” to detract from Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses, together with the homicide of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
4-time main winner Brooks Koepka, former U.S. Open winner Bryson DeChambeau and ex-Masters champion Patrick Reed have joined Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and plenty of different gamers.
The PGA Tour responded to LIV Golf’s problem by suspending each lively member who competed within the first LIV occasion.
Regardless of selecting to not be part of the tour’s broadcast crew, Barkley nonetheless performed in a LIV Golf pro-am occasion Thursday at Trump Nationwide — the place the newest match begins Friday.