Charles Barkley To Take Leave of Absence

by January 09, 2009

by Ryne Nelson

Charles Barkley will take a minimum of several weeks away from the broadcast booth to deal with legal issues related to his Dec. 31 arrest.

At the time of his New Year’s Eve arrest, Barkley admitted to the police that he had had a “couple” of drinks. Barkley had a blood-alcohol level of .149, nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

USA Today quotes David Levy, president of TNT Sports:

“I have spoken with Charles Barkley regarding the incident…and I understand he has hired a lawyer to represent him regarding this matter. When I spoke with Charles, he was apologetic for the events that transpired and it was obvious he understands the significance of the situation. This is an important time for Charles as he deals with the legal and personal issues that confront him. Charles is a valued part of the Turner Sports organization and we are concerned for his well-being.”

It goes without saying that Inside the NBA will not be the same without Chuck. Hopefully he straightens his life up and gets back there soon.

A return date has not been set.