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Barkley Talks About Gambling

5 May 2006

LOS ANGELES – As reported by the LA Times: "Former NBA star Charles Barkley openly talked about his gambling Wednesday, revealing that he has lost an estimated $10 million.

"'My agent has really worked with me to try to get it where I can go and gamble and have fun,' said Barkley, whose favorite game is blackjack.

"'Do I have a gambling problem? Yeah, I do have a gambling problem. But I don't consider it a problem because I can afford to gamble.'

"The admission, which came in an ESPN interview, makes the popular TNT basketball commentator the latest in a string of sports figures this year who have been tied to gambling. The list includes golfer John Daly, suspended Phoenix Coyote assistant coach Rick Tocchet and Calgary Flame forward Darren McCarty.

"…Barkley, who says he always tries to be open and honest when doing interviews, reiterated in a later interview Wednesday with Ernie Johnson on TNT that it is his money and he does not plan to quit gambling…"

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