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Barkley's DUI Means He's MIA From TNT

1/9/2009 6:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Charles BarkleyIt was only a matter of time until Charles Barkley's DUI arrest had serious repercussions for the NBA star.

Barkley will take a leave of absence from TNT for a minimum of several weeks with no return date set, a source told the AP. David Levy, president of TNT Sports, released a statement that reads in part, "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 was revealed today Barkley had a blood alcohol level of .149 -- nearly twice the legal limit in Arizona.

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1.

MindHead    

Entrapment is all it is. Society's streets are filled with alcohol and drugs and you're all suprised on why ppl drink and drive. And why families and why prisons are over crowded. Please. Everything is for sale. Even people. You know who's the biggest drug dealer in the world? The U.S. government.

2017 days ago
2.

AwShucks    

Who cares what his wife thinks of the whole thing? I want to know why he didn't pay someone not to put the 411 out in da street? Hopefully he ain't broke. Brokedown maybe but, hopefully, not broke. BTW: His wife prolly know what time it is. She been married to ole dude over 20 years, right? Long as her credit cards still workin' and she can keep gettin' her roots covered she really don't have no complaint. After all, if Charles don't care about declaring his affinity for a public BJ why (especially if she's getting her monthly wifely allowances) should she? It's not like she's got a great career to go bury herself in, is it? Besides, 10 to 1 she prolly met Charles doing da same thing he got caught for! Must've been halfway decent cause she passed her audition and got the job. Yes? Yeah right. Sh*t funny as hail ....

2035 days ago
3.

Keyser Soze    

HAHA

2077 days ago
4.

Jess    

I guess he has a drinking problem? I wonder which office he plans to run for?
Barkley the town drunk?

2077 days ago
5.

john    

Barkley's drinking and visits to stripclubs in Atlanta didn't help him with TNT.
He's gone.

2077 days ago
6.

jrad247    

The DUI pop was bad enough but then he couldn't shut his trap about getting a phenomenal BJ to the cops - who of which he probably didn't figure the cops would go running their mouths to everyone.... This is why lawyers always always always tell you to not say a damn thing to the friggen po po.

Lesson to us all - If you been drinking and need to get a late night hummer...... Take a Cab !!!

2077 days ago
7.

Mrs. Pine    

It's about time this fat POS gets called on his antics. I am amazed that TNT actually pays this idiot to pontificate, as if there were people who hang on his every moronic utterance. And to think he was actually thinking about running for governor of Alabama - they are dumb down there but not that dumb!

From spitting at children courtside to showing up hung over before a playoff game, this jerk is and always was a disgrace.

2077 days ago
8.

Tia    

TNT wont be as entertaining without Barkley

2077 days ago
9.

Redd    

What I would like to know is what does his wife have to say about all this.?

2077 days ago
10.

Deathpool Dave    

Can't wait to see what his mugshot scores on the Nolte Scale.
http://DPDave.com

2077 days ago
11.

MISS SWEET D    

WELL I THINK THAT IF MARV ALPERT AND ALL THE SEXUAL CRAP AND DEVIANT BEHAVIOR HE DID AND CAN MAKE A COMEBACK, SO CAN SIR CHARLES.

2077 days ago
12.

Ken    

Some of you are idiots. Barkley is on vacation. TNT uses Marv Albert. Ever see his police blotter and read about his cross-dressing escapades? Yessss! Once this blows over, Charles will be back and he won't lose a dime from TNT. They need him.

2077 days ago
13.

montana mike    

ok charles, take care of your business, and then get back to announcing--we need people who tell it like it is.

2077 days ago
14.

ozzman    

jackass...

2077 days ago
15.

Remi    

On one hand hes a damn fool. You're rich as hell. No excuse not to get a cab/limo.
On the other hand Arizona cops are douschebags & are harder on drunk drivers than meth dealers.

2077 days ago
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