Hall of Fame forward and current NBA analyst Charles Barkley has long been known to be an avid fan of golf, but it appears that he now wants to pursue a role in the world of golf.
To the dismay of many golf fans, it seems like it won’t be with the PGA Tour, and instead would be with LIV Golf in some capacity.
He discussed the possibility while on The Next Round for an interview on Thursday and said that he would meet with Greg Norman about possibly being “a face” for LIV Golf’s media team.
“I’m going to meet with LIV,” Barkley said. “They called me and asked me ‘would I meet with them?’ And I said yes. Nothing that’s imminent, I actually don’t know everything they want from me, or what they technically want me to do, but you’ve got to always look at every opportunity that’s available. So the answer to your question is, 100% yes, I’m going to meet with LIV.”
"The answer to your question is 100% yes. I'm gonna meet with LIV." On today's show, Charles Barkley joined us in studio and confirmed that he will be speaking to Greg Norman about a role with LIV Golf. @NoLayingUp @RiggsBarstool @barstoolsports @GOLF_com @GolfDigest @GolfChannel pic.twitter.com/AOMQJRoKZB
— The Next Round (@NextRoundLive) July 14, 2022
The golf world has some very mixed reactions to this statement by Barkley, but it would clearly be a huge get for LIV if they were able to get someone like Barkley on their media team.
Hard to overstate how valuable Charles Barkley is. Would be an enormous asset for LIV… https://t.co/4jsfwxoof7
— Joseph LaMagna (@JosephLaMagna) July 14, 2022
Charles Barkley apparently in talks for a role with LIV Golf. Hopefully not as a swing coach.
— John Varlas (@johnvarlas) July 14, 2022
Charles Barkley joining the LIV golf broadcast would be cool but they need to be focused on getting some extra streams with featured holes & getting a shot tracker on the website
— Sports in Five (@sportsinfive) July 14, 2022
Barkley has long been a supporter of LIV, saying that he “understands why golfers” are making the decision to join the controversial tour.
He also previously said that he would “kill a relative” for LIV money, so this isn’t exactly the most shocking news to hear that he will at least meet with Norman and see what they would offer him.
He would likely get offered a boatload of money to join LIV Golf, but the controversy surrounding the tour may give him more problems than it is worth.
[AA, The Next Round]