Charles Barkley will sit out TNT's coverage of All-Star weekend
in Phoenix, where he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving
on Dec. 31, before returning to the air in sometime the second half
of the season.
Barkley took a leave of absence from his TV responsibilities
last month, the day tests showed that his blood-alcohol level was
at .149 when he was stopped in nearby Scottsdale, nearly twice the
legal limit of .08 in Arizona.
The leave was for a minimum of several weeks, and Turner
spokesman Jeff Pomeroy confirmed Monday that it will continue
through All-Star weekend, when TNT usually draws some of its best
The Sports Business Journal reported Monday that Barkley would
return to the air sometime after the All-Star game. TNT has not
announced a timetable for his return.