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Barkley to take leave of absence

January 10, 2009

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Charles Barkley is taking a leave of absence from the broadcast booth.

The announcement by Turner Sports came Friday, hours after police said the 45-year-old former NBA standout was legally drunk when he was arrested Dec. 31 on suspicion of drunken driving in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Test results show Barkley had a blood-alcohol level at .149, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 in Arizona.

Barkley will be off the air for a minimum of several weeks, and no return date has been set, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.

Barkley was stopped by a Gilbert officer working a regional DUI task force shortly after he left a popular nightclub about 1:30 a.m. He failed field sobriety tests, but was cooperative.

He was booked and released at a field command post and later issued a statement saying he was disappointed he put himself in that situation.

“When I spoke with Charles, he was apologetic for the events that transpired, and it was obvious he understood the significance of this situation,” said David Levy, president of Turner Sports, said in a statement.

Comments

Confrontation 6 years, 3 months ago

Barkley is a piece of trash! I'm sure his wife loved hearing that he picked up a prostitute.

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