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BEDMINSTER, New Jersey. Charles Barkley has a question for people who are wondering why anyone could be associated with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour: why they are not outraged that all other US companies are doing business with the same controversial asset management fund being overlooked from mind? Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?

“You don’t get to choose who you want to be mad at,” Barkley said Thursday, noting some of the companies the fund has invested in. “They should be mad at Berkshire Hathaway, Tesla, Bank of America, Disney. But it’s not. They’re just mad at these golfers.”

At least that’s what Barkley and many people working with the new splinter tour that’s causing so much buzz think. turmoil in golf, sports, and US-Saudi relations. For some, the tour is more of a live offering of a cash cow. huge guaranteed sums to distract golfers from the established PGA Tour. For others, it’s a cynical attempt by the Saudi prince to use sport as a way to alleviate his government’s bad reputation for human rights abuses around the world.

Barkley, who never hid from controversy, was at the center of it all on Thursday, along with the former president and host of the tournament. Donald J. Trump.

On a hot day at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, home of the third LIV Golf event starting Friday, Barkley was sweating while answering questions about his potential participation in the tour, then sweating through 18 holes in the pro tournament.

For now, Barkley, a former basketball star and widely popular commentator on the TNT sports network, is just a guest at the tournament. He had informal talks with Greg Norman, executive director of series LIV, about joining as a commentator. But he said there was no official offer and he set a tour deadline of Friday to do so.

“When I wake up in the morning, if they don’t say anything, I say: “Guys, I will play in your professional club whenever you want, if I am free.” But I’m going to get back to my work.” I love my job and I don’t think it’s fair for them to keep going.”

The tour has already enlisted David Feherty, a former NBC golf analyst, to join the livestream. He doesn’t even have a television contract. But Barkley, who has earned wide acclaim for his reckless, unedited, comedic approach to basketball analysis, but has also been criticized for sexist jokes about womenwould be a huge boon for the beginner golf tourer.

According to him, he has three years left on his contract with TNT, and he will need a huge amount of money to escape.

“I’ll probably lose all my sponsors and all, so they’ll have to recoup my time,” he said. “But if they don’t, I will still support these guys.”

The reason he’s losing sponsors is because Barkley, who loves golf, could face backlash if he officially joins the LIV tour in any capacity. He is one of many who have been criticized for joining, considering joining, or even just pandering to the LIV tour, the concept of team golf. funded by the Prince Mohammed Foundation.

The prince is a sinister figure to many around the world, especially after US intelligence officials determined he approved the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist who was critical of the Saudi government.

In addition, the families of some of the victims of the September terrorist attack. The September 11, 2001 attacks believe that the Saudi Arabian government supported the terrorists before they took action. They are planned to protest at the tournament on Friday. Barkley didn’t discount the pain and betrayal they felt, but wondered why it was all focused on the golf tour.

When other companies doing business with the Saudis return their money to the fund, he said, it is only fair to criticize golfers.

“I can sympathize with the families of the victims of 9/11,” Barkley said. “They have the right to express their opinion.”

Barkley also said it is naïve to think that Saudi Arabia is the only bad player as a nation, and cited the United States having a bad human rights record at times.

Barkley said that every country is guilty of doing “terrible” things.

“It’s not that America has made great strides in civil rights, all right? If you want to be selectively indignant. I love America. This is the greatest country in the world. But don’t act like we haven’t done our share and are still doing our share. Let’s get rid of this.”

When he finished answering questions, Barkley joined the foursome, which also included professional golfers Sergio Garcia, Louis Austwizen, and celebrity chef Jeffrey Zakarian. Barkley was Barkley, there was a lot of laughter.

“Charles is such a kind, good-natured guy and he doesn’t take anything too seriously,” Zakarian said. “And he’s a lot of fun to play with.”

On one hole, Barkley alerted two men on an approaching golf cart to be ready for Zakarian’s upcoming shot. When it was Barkley’s turn to fire, he loudly remarked that the cart had reversed to avoid a possible accidental shot from his side, but did not move towards Zakarian. His group burst into laughter.

“It’s all right,” Barclay told the driver. “I’m not sensitive.”

He also discussed basketball, noting in his typically irreverent way that Kevin Durant would stay with the Nets and make a formidable squad alongside Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons.

“They probably have the best team in the world right now,” he said. “Kiri will have something to prove because he knows that if he performs there and is a goof all year, he won’t get a big contract next year.”

As with the rebellious golf tour, much of the sport is about money.