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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: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:26 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

Barkley is a total MeatHead (to be sure), but this is as poorly reported a story as they come.  If you actually listen to his comments and the tone he says them in, his intention is not what the headline of the report would lead you to believe.  He is indicating that he is shocked that all he has to do to get paid (evidently large sums of) money is lose 2 pounds a week and get weighed in.  He feels better having lost the weight, but he's making money to do it.  He further compares it to being an analyst: he'd watch and comment on basketball for FREE, but he's getting paid to do.  I can see where that would seem like a scam as he puts it.  This isn't about some misrepresentation on his part, or that of weight watchers, this is Charles saying he finds it humorous (and lucrative) that he's getting paid to do something he should and would be doing for free.
Can we please get some reporters that aren't just trying to make a splash or start a controversy in here?

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:28 am

Was Barkley Weight Watchers 'scam' crack a joke?

He doesn't mean they're "nice" as in kind to old grannies and stuff.  He means "nice" as in they're nice players, not great, not bad.  The're a bunch of B players, in other words, and Chuck's saying the Hawks need to go all in and get a superstar like a Dwight or whoever.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:07 am

Barkley: WeightWatchers endorsement is 'scam'

He's not calling Weightwatchers a scam. He's saying getting paid to lose 2 lbs a week is a scam. Just like getting paid to watch sports is a scam. I love Barkley, he's one of the few announcers who actually tells the truth.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:07 am

Barkley: WeightWatchers endorsement is 'scam'

this is why we love Charles

Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:28 am

Barkley: WeightWatchers endorsement is 'scam'

yeah he was just saying he gettin paid for something thats easy to do, something he would do anyway!

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:26 am

Barkley: WeightWatchers endorsement is 'scam'

He just meant it was free money.  Otherwise, how is he comparing it to the Broadcasting gig, that is somehow fake?

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:55 am

Barkley: WeightWatchers endorsement is 'scam'

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.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:47 am

Barkley: WeightWatchers endorsement is 'scam'

I love Barkley.  Truely an original.  

I actually kind of like the Hawks as well.  They don't seem like nice guys to me, but what do I know.  

Love Reggie Miller's comment as well, "He don't want to come here."  Only too true of the modern NBA player.  Not about getting rings and supporting the market that will love you for life, but seeking a top 5 media market, and underperforming the rest of your career.  NBA.   

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