Charles Barkley May Donate Salary to Charity During NBA Lockout

by October 12, 2011

Since Sir Charles can’t entertain us on “Inside the NBA” during this lockout, he figures he may as well do something good with all that money that TNT pays him. From ESPN: “TNT analyst Charles Barkley said Tuesday he would feel uncomfortable drawing a paycheck during the NBA lockout, so he’s considering donating his salary to charity. ‘I haven’t told anybody, but I’m actually — believe it or not — I’m leaning toward donating it to charity,’ Barkley said. ‘I don’t think it’s cool for me to take money I haven’t earned. My decision is either going to be defer it or give it to charity.’ NBA commissioner David Stern announced after negotiations on Monday the cancellation of at least the first two weeks of the season, and he said a significant gulf remained ‘on virtually all issues.’ Barkley is on record predicting the entire 2011-12 season will be canceled. ‘The problem I have is if these guys hold out all season, it’s going to be a lot of money,’ Barkley said. ‘That’s why I have to make that decision. I haven’t made the final decision. I don’t feel comfortable taking money for not working. I’ll either defer it or give it to charity.'”