The seemingly daily criticism surrounding the upstart LIV Golf Invitational Series, its golfers and anyone linked to the Saudi-backed league, has NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley feeling “pissed off.”
In an exclusive interview to OutKick, Barkley, who entertained joining the league as a commentator, sat down with OutKick founder Clay Travis and sounded off on the criticism he and others have received for their association with LIV.
“Some of this LIV stuff has really pissed me off, to be honest with you. People use a word like ‘sportswashing,’ ‘blood money,’ and that really pisses me off,” Barkley said when asked by Travis the last time somebody said something about him that genuinely pissed him off. “These guys have the right to make money any way they want to.”
Barkley sat down with Clay after both participated in Thursday’s Pro-Am from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The Pro-Am was sandwiched in between a Wednesday evening “Welcome Party” in NYC and this weekend’s LIV event which commenced this morning.
“And I understand the 9/11 people,” Barkley added. “They probably have a legitimate gripe because it’s something that happened that’s personal to them. But (when I’m) reading some of these other articles, I say, ‘Well, wait a minute. You guys don’t even give a shit about shit that’s happening in the United States!”
Barkley continued: “And all of sudden you’re all worried about what’s happening in Saudi Arabia.”
That, in particular seems to irk the 59-year-old Barkley, an 11-time All-Star and current TNT NBA analyst, the most.
“I don’t like “selective outrage” [from the media] as you grab your iPhone that’s made in China,” Barkley told Travis. “You guys are killing me…I’m not gonna let you guys bad mouth these (LIV golfers).”
“I played in the NBA for 16 years, I’ve been on TV for almost 21 years. We’ve been working with China for almost 40 years,” Barkley said. “Secondly, I’m a Nike guy. This notion that I’m gonna have this moral high ground and like, well, I’m not taking money from anybody. I’m like, well, you have selective, you know?
“You’re selective in what you’re mad about. So that’s probably the only time I really got mad recently.”
Check out more from Barkley in his full interview with Clay this weekend:
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