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Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:01 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 8:50 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.

The man once known by the nickname "The Round Mound Of Rebound" has been waging a very public battle against his waistline. As a celebrity endorser of Weight Watchers, NBA Hall of Famer and TNT commentator Charles Barkley has sung the weight loss program's virtues during a nationally-televised ad campaign.

Caught on a live microphone during the first quarter of Thursday night's Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks broadcast, though, Barkley offered a different take, calling the money he earns from the endorsement a "scam" while joking with Reggie Miller and Kevin Harlan off the air. In fairness, he was comparing it to the relatively easy money he makes as an NBA analyst.

"I have to lose two pounds a week. I'm at 38 pounds now. They come and weigh me every two weeks. I've never missed a weigh-in. I'm never going to," Barkley begins. "I'm feeling much better. But I ain't giving away no money. ... I'm not giving away no free money. I thought this was the greatest scam going -- getting paid to watch sports -- but this Weight Watchers thing is a bigger scam."

His endorsement deal wasn't the only topic during Barkley's unflitered commentary. "I can't stand to watch this Atlanta Hawks team," he admitted. "The Hawks have nothing but a bunch of nice guys."

Update (4:55 p.m.): On Friday, a PR firm representing WeightWatchers issued statements on behalf of the company and Barkley.

"We love Charles for the same reason everyone loves Charles, he's unfiltered," Weight Watchers' statement read. "We are thrilled that he is having great success and inspiring millions of men to join him. We agree that being a spokesman for Weight Watchers is a pretty great gig.”

"I meant what I said, the fact that I’m dropping pounds, getting healthier and getting paid at the same time, is my definition of a great scam," Barkley's statement read. "The only problem is I’m going to have to use some of the money to buy a new wardrobe."

Here's the video of Barkley's frank talk via YouTube user giveittome15. Hat tip: @JESkeets


Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:38 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

What did I spell incorrect? F.Y.I I've despised the fact Barkley was hired for a job that requires the skill of speech well before the Heat's "big 3". I'm not offended by anything he says, I place no value in his opinions. I'm offended by his lack of skill in using the English language 
;and the fact he's paid to do so.

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:30 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

Looks like Weight Watchers has a sense of humor and the NBA does NOT, since they took down the video.   I commend the "watchers" for having one, as so many do not.  The word "scam" is problematical, however.  

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:39 pm

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

Check your own spelling before making any comments regarding Charles Barkley's English. I find him entertaining and that is what those guys are doing on television. Your real problem is he was critical of the Heat. Sports fans need to grow up and not get offended when others do not share your opinion.

Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 5:08 pm

Barkely, speaking on T.V is the true scam!!!!!!

<form lang="en_US" action="" method="post"></form>The fact this ignorant toad is allowed to speak on television is the true "scam"! My ears bleed whenever this man speaks and murders the English language. Everyone has a slip here and there, hell nobody is perfect, but Barkley shreds the English language to bits. Shaq has a better grasp of the art of free throws, than Barkely has on using singular or plural nouns!  
;If ever there was a question as to if collage athletes are given grade's pre performance and money generated for universities......look no further than Sir Charles Barkley.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:13 pm

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

Agree 100%.  I believe what Barkley is trying to say is that you're paying me to do something that's relatively easy.  Just as he mentioned being a commentator.  He's getting paid to give his opinion on a sport that he's played and loves.  To him it does not fee like work and enjoys doing it, but throw money along with is and it's incredible in his mind.  Calling it a scam may not have been the right choice of words, but I believe that's what he meant.

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:53 pm

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

He just means it's easy is all. Said nothing wrong in my mind. He said he's lost 38lbs and feels great so whats the big deal?

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:27 pm

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

"Barkley just pops off his mouth any time he feels like it and says insulting and illadvise statements like he made on the TV, and he gets away with it apparently because he is Black."

I am 55 years old. Just when i begin to think I am seeing the demise of racism in the great ole USA,
along comes an idiot like you! Sad, just sad dude! Oh, by the way, I'm a WHITE Florida native!!

It was a JOKE!

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:31 pm
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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:07 pm

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

He should be sued

Undecided Give me a break.

Barkley just pops off his mouth

Having read your ridiculously long post, I think this is something you must know a lot about. Tongue out

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:03 pm

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

taralynn, I agree and I'll take it one step further.....obviously, Barkley was not saying the Weight Watchers program is a scam and, actually, he was singing its praises on ESPN's PTI yesterday or the day before. What he was saying was a scam was him being able to collect money for losing weight - something he should be doing whether he gets paid for it or not. He had his tongue planted firmly in cheek and was joking that he was running a scam, not Weight Watchers.

Anyone who thinks this is a big deal or believes Barkley was trashing the Weight Watchers program either doesn't know Barkley, doesn't get sarcasm or just doesn't like Barkley and has an axe to grind with him.

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