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Barkley refers to Weight Watchers as 'scam'

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11:39 AM ET 01.07 | Charles Barkley may be watching his waistline as the new spokesman for Weight Watchers, but apparently he's not watching his words too closely. The outspoken TNT announcer apparently didn't realize his microphone was live during the Atlanta Hawks-Miami Heat matchup on Thursday night and began rambling about his new endorsement deal. "I've been doing Weight Watchers for three months. I have to lose two pounds a week. I'm at 38 pounds now. They come and weigh me every two weeks. I ain't never missed a weigh-in. Never going to," he told fellow announcers Reggie Miller and Kevin Harlan. After Harlan asked him if it was working, the former Suns' big man said he was "feeling much better." "But I ain't giving away no money. I'm not giving away no free money," he added. "I thought this was the greatest scam going-getting paid for watching sports, this Weight Watchers thing is a bigger scam."

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January 7, 2012  11:44 AM ET

Good ol' Chuck

January 7, 2012  11:49 AM ET

turrible news

January 7, 2012  11:50 AM ET

Free Money Is Better Than Free Food, Bro.

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January 7, 2012  12:10 PM ET

I knew the FN interns couldn't write, looks like they can't read either.

Barkley didn't say Weight Watchers was a scam, he said getting paid to lose weight was a scam. As in, he'd be doing it for free anyway, like watching and talking basketball, but he found someone to pay him for it anyway.

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January 7, 2012  12:47 PM ET

He's looking to do a Commercial!!!

January 7, 2012  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I knew the FN interns couldn't write, looks like they can't read either.Barkley didn't say Weight Watchers was a scam, he said getting paid to lose weight was a scam. As in, he'd be doing it for free anyway, like watching and talking basketball, but he found someone to pay him for it anyway.

weight watchers is a scam it dont matter they already paid him his money might as well keep him

January 7, 2012  01:59 PM ET

His quotes, if they are true, are being taken out of context. What he's saying is that losing weight and getting paid for it (by WW) is so easy, that it feels like he's scamming them. Notice he relates the WW gig to the TNT where he's really getting paid to watch sports.

January 7, 2012  02:01 PM ET

His comments, if true, are being taken out of context. Chuck's saying that because losing weight and getting paid for it (by WW) is so easy, that it's akin to a scam. Notice how he relates his gig with WW to the one he hold with TNT - whereby he essentially is "scamming" them by getting paid simply to watch sports.

January 7, 2012  02:17 PM ET

if he wants lose weight, he should lose that big head, it's been weighing him down for years

January 7, 2012  03:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I knew the FN interns couldn't write, looks like they can't read either.Barkley didn't say Weight Watchers was a scam, he said getting paid to lose weight was a scam. As in, he'd be doing it for free anyway, like watching and talking basketball, but he found someone to pay him for it anyway.

True.

January 7, 2012  03:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

His comments, if true, are being taken out of context. Chuck's saying that because losing weight and getting paid for it (by WW) is so easy, that it's akin to a scam. Notice how he relates his gig with WW to the one he hold with TNT - whereby he essentially is "scamming" them by getting paid simply to watch sports.

Agreed -- He is commenting on getting paid to lose weight and be on their plan, which by signing on and adhering to the plan is easy money. He is not saying anything bad about Weight Watchers here...

January 7, 2012  03:47 PM ET

The guy cracks me up. He's very frank, which makes him a good commentator. I would like to see him as a coach of the Sacramento Kings just to see how he would handle DeMarcus Cousins. 1st time he gives coach the I'm special , he would have 1 closed door visit with coach. That's all it would take with old school mentality.

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January 7, 2012  04:23 PM ET

The biggest scam is politics.

January 7, 2012  05:19 PM ET

He isn't talking about weight watchers being a "scam" or being misleading or underhanded. Based on the comment about how getting paid to watch basketball is a scam, he's referring to how it's like a scam for him to get paid to eat, not that weight watchers itself is a scam. It's just like if Sealy Posterpediac paid him to sleep on their beds and be a spokesperson for them. It's a scam that he would get paid to do something that he already does for free.

This is a non-story.

 
January 7, 2012  07:21 PM ET
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I am not a roll model, more like a rolo though!

I haven't seen a Rolo around these parts for years mon, didn't even know they were still making them tasty treats ... reminds me how much I miss my Marathon Bars too :(

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