Barkley Pays Up, But It's Not Over Yet

Ex-NBA star must shell out more for DA's fee
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2008 11:44 AM CDT
Barkley Pays Up, But It's Not Over Yet
Exterior shot of the Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, where Charles Barkley ran up a $400,000 gambling debt that spawned an additional charge by the local district attorney's office.   (AP Photo)

Former NBA great Charles Barkley has paid off his $400,000 gambling debt to a Las Vegas casino, but he's still got a charge left to settle: the district attorney's office is levying a $40,000 processing fee. Barkley says he hadn't known about the extra charge, but plans to "make restitution on that promptly," AP reports.

Once he's all squared up, Barkely says he will swear off games of chance. "For right now, the next year or two, I'm not going to gamble," he said. "Just because I can afford to lose money doesn't mean I should do it." The unpredictably outspoken television personality could have faced criminal charges if he hadn't paid. (More NBA stories.)

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