Charles Barkley will be with TNT for the foreseeable future, and he is reportedly getting paid handsomely after flirting with LIV Golf over the course of the summer.
Barkley and Turner agreed to a 10-year deal worth more than $100 million deal that could near $200 million, the New York Post reported Monday. He reportedly has three years on his current deal with TNT and there are questions around whether he would be in broadcasting for the rest of the contract.
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The 59-year-old NBA star said as recently as February he would look to retire once he turns 60. However, Turner has extended Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith before locking down Barkley.
Barkley had openly flirted with the idea of joining LIV Golf as one of their broadcasters. He joked in June about the massive amount of money being thrown around at LIV Golfers.
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“I don’t judge other people,” Barkley said in an interview on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “Listen, if someone gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative. … I’m serious. They said Phil Mickelson got $200 million and Dustin Johnson got $150 million. For $150 million, I’d kill a relative, even one I liked!”
Barkley ended talks with LIV Golf in July.
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“I want to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their interest in me,” Barkley said in a phone interview, according to The 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.”
Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.