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Charles Barkley may donate TNT salary as lockout drags on

2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

DALLAS - FEBRUARY 12: Nba Announcer and former NBA player Charles Barkley looks on during the game between the Sophomore team and the Rookie team during the second half of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center on February 12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Charles Barkley likes money. A lot. You really can’t underestimate this. He just doesn’t want to be given money he hasn’t earned. (Insert your own craps table joke here, I’m not going there.)

His contract with TNT as an NBA analyst has him getting paid whether there is a season or not. So while the NBA players will be missing a check for the first two weeks of the regular season, Barkley will get paid.

Barkley told ESPN Radio in Chicago that makes him uncomfortable, so he’s considering a new plan.

“I haven’t told anybody, but I’m actually -- believe it or not -- I’m leaning toward donating it to charity,” Barkley said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I don’t think it’s cool for me to take money I haven’t earned.

“My decision is either going to be defer it or give it to charity….

“The problem I have is if these guys hold out all season, it’s going to be a lot of money,” Barkley said. “That’s why I have to make that decision. I haven’t made the final decision. I don’t feel comfortable taking money for not working.”

That would be a very charitable move by Barkley, not something everyone would do.

I hope Barkley gets paid some money he feels comfortable keeping because he has to work soon.