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Word coming out of the executives from Turner Sports, is they are looking to add Charles Barkley back to "Inside the NBA" broadcast. The move to bring Barkley back on air will take place at some point after this weekends NBA All Star game.
Charles Barkley took a month off following an arrest for a DUI on December 31st, 2008. Sir Charles' blood proved to be more than twice the legal limit. As a result, TNT sports gave the NBA Hall of Famer some time off to work on his legal matters.
"It wasn't a hard decision for me to give him some time off to get his legal matters straight and to get his personal life in order," Turner Sports president David Levy said, according to the report. "The question is, when is the right time to bring him back? There is no magic answer to that. It's just a gut feel."
For the average television viewer bringing Charles Barkley is a very good move on TNT's part. While what he did was wrong and inexcusable, the way he was banned from pretty much all media outlets was shameful. Barkley's leave of absence was the perfect example of the typical media jumping onto their soap box and condemning whatever they don't agree with. Lucky for us, Barkley is too strong of a character to have his career destroyed that way. Charles Barkley is a very good commentator and the sports world is better off because of people like him. Barkley has become famous for his no none sense style and he simply tells it like it is. That is why so many fans enjoy him. I have no doubt his return to the air will be welcomed by all.