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How Shaq reacted to Charles Barkley's controversial LIV golf story

It's an unbreakable bond.

Shaquille O'Nealif he leaves the gig at TNT's "Inside the NBA" to pursue the role of comment in the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf series It supported Charles Barkley.

"No. Charles is a dear friend. Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka.

" I would have supported him in every way. Charles is one of the legends who didn't make much money, like Bill Russell, so if at this age it could be controversial but legal, it's this way. I wouldn't have been angry if he had accepted it, and if Charles left? You would still have me. "

Charles Barkley (left) with Shaquille O'Neal (right) and Reggie Miller at the 2016 ESPYs.
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"Inside the NBA" has won a total of 17 Sports Emmy Awards. Berkeley has four of them as studio analysts.

Berkeley attended a LIV Golf pro-Am event at Trump National in Bedminster two weeks agoand said he enjoyed it while he was flirting on the tour. .. Berkeley also met Norman for dinner in Atlanta, leaving the impression that the league (currently on YouTube ) would secure a television rights contract. Shortly thereafter,Berkeley told Post Andrew Marchanthat he would stay in Turner Sports for the rest of his television career. LIV Golf did not officially offer Berkeley.

Charles Barkley at the LIV Golf pro-am in Bedminster.

"Thanks to Greg Norman and LIV for their interest in me. "Berkeley said. "I hope they are very successful and none other than the best, but for my best interests and fair to Turner — Turner and basketball are mys. Because he gave me everything in life. It's best to move on and I'll be with Turner for the rest of my television career. " 

Berkeley , Said his decision had nothing to do with LIV Golf, which is backed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. He has been in the Hall of Famer for three years and has $ 30 million left on his TNT contract.