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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: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:38 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

I think everyone is placing too much emphasis on the word scam.  He is using it in the context of "wow... i thought getting paid to watch sports was easy money... losing weight on weight watchers (and getting paid for it) is even easier!"

Chill folks!  He was right on the money on this one!!  Cool

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:19 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

I think you are confusing working for people and speaking out about political wrongs, etc. when you say he is refreshing when speaking his mind. Barkley is being paid to lose this weight by Weight Watchers for advertising their product. so I don't see how he can call it a scam when the program is working for him.  He says he is sticking to the diet and he even says he is losing weight, plus he is also saying he feels much better.   So, why is he calling this a scam ? He is living proof their system works.  He takes the money gladly so he should also control his critcism about the people that pay him.  No one is holding a gun to his head to do this job for Weight Watchers.  

He should be sued and lose his job with weight watchers for making these comments and doing irrepairable damage to their image.   He should certainly know better than to say stuff like he does when he is rigged up with a microphone and is on camera.  If he learns anything he should know you don't talk like that when you are rigged up in a game.  

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.     When anyone else says stuff like he does, they lose their jobs for saying what is on their mind, but Barkley is allowed to say these things.   I have even heard Barkley call people in Alabama Rednecks, so why does he not have to aplogize to the people of Alabama for these insulting comments.      

He seems to feel like he can say anything he wants about anybody or any organization just because he thinks it.   Everybody is held responsible for their actions and especially those that are prviledged to be on TV.   You should not say anything off air that you won't say on air, so I don't see him as refreshing, but I see him as unthankful, arrogant, unapprciative, and rather insulting and hurtful.     

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:16 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

   ....that's Charles, plain and simple! Scam?....hardly. He obviously means easy money...

How long has Chuck been crackin' wise?...and been getting some action for his out spokenness....Ahhhh, since college! That's him. He wasn't vulgar was he? He's just a big kid really...and funny, and he knows Bball and says what's on his mind... you either hate him, and thus hope there is troble for him with these unfiltered comments....

...or you love him, and know what he's saying because you've listened to him and KNOW he doesn't have a bad bone in his body...

   He was kidding...and if weight Wather's drops him, they didn't know what they had to begin with....but I can't see anything coming from this....sorry, but no story here.

...and PS: ...Charles would be the first to tell, he carried his weight better than anyone similarly don't get the NBA nickname "Sir Charles" for being a stiff.     

   much ado about nothing      

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:10 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

Chuck loves to yell

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:55 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

 "In fairness, he was comparing it to the relatively easy money he makes as an NBA analyst." - You neglected to mention this in the misleading headline Wink

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:36 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

The 'scam' is the misleading headline.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:33 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

Pretty funny.  If you pay me enough, I'll lose a couple pounds a week too.  Give Charles time, the 38 lbs he's lost will be back.  So much for civil suit, the proof will be in his waistline by the time it gets to court.  You gotta love a guy that tells it like it is........

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:30 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

Barkley is awesome, and refreshing.  A person who is not afraid to say what he wants.  This politically correct era we live in is ruining us, and is why we are in the position we are in today.  Being politically correct is ridiculous.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:08 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

Barkley, the time has come for you to eat your own shoe. What a way to put your foot on your mouth!

I see a civil action against you coming soon.

I'm glad no one is over-reacting to Barkley's joke. Undecided

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:01 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

This is clearly searching for a story where there isn't one. Anytime you get paid for something that you feel is too easy or you should do regardless of getting paid, it is a common figure of speech to say "What a scam" It's easy money, is his point. That's all, nothing more! He is also right about the Hawks; they have "nice" = "good" players on their team and could use a superstar. Love Charles!<br />

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