Barkley Says He'll Pay Huge Gambling Debt

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LAS VEGAS, NV -- Charles Barkley acknowledges he owes a $400,000 gambling debt to a Las Vegas Strip casino and promises to repay it in full.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger said today that
prosecutors would file a criminal complaint if the former NBA star
did not pay the debt cited by the Wynn Las Vegas resort.

The casino alleges in a civil complaint filed yesterday in a
Nevada state court that Barkley failed to repay four $100,000
casino markers received last October.

In a radio interview with sports station WJOX in Birmingham,
Alabama, Barkley repeatedly blamed himself for letting the debt
lapse.

He says it stems from a wager on the 2008 Super Bowl and did not
explain why Wynn alleges the loans were made in October.

Barkley, currently a basketball analyst for Turner Network
Television, denies any personal financial problems, and says all
the casino had to do was call him before filing the complaint.



 
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