Weight Watchers would like a word with you, Mr. Barkley. While it’s never easy to defend Charles Barkley, I will say that he was somewhat blindsided by this particularly video being posted on the internet. As you may know, Barkley has been running a nationally advertised campaign with Weight Watchers. He claims he is losing two pounds a week and has lost 38 pounds total since starting the program. That being said, it doesn’t sound like Sir Charles has a lot of respect for the campaign. In fact, during a commercial break in the Heat-Hawks game on TNT Thursday, he said promoting Weight Watchers is some of the easiest money he has ever made. Barkley, Reggie Miller, and Kevin Harlan all thought they were off air during the break, but their comments were seen on NBA.TV, and captured by one savvy viewer:
As you can see, Barkley had himself quite the evening. The comments you just heard came on a night in which he also ripped the Hawks for not being ‘hood enough. Given his history of saying ridiculous things, it might be a better idea to leave Charles in the halftime studio during broadcasts from now on. This can only get worse as the season progresses.
You might think Weight Watchers would be offended with what Barkley said, but that’s not the case.
The company said in a statement: “We love Charles for the same reason everyone loves Charles, he’s unfiltered. 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.”
Barkley also addressed the video, saying “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. The only problem is I’m going to have to use some of the money to buy a new wardrobe.”Google+