Barkley Will Take Break From TV After Bust

TNT analyst blew .149, way over alcohol limit, nearly 'extreme DUI'
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2009 5:24 PM CST

(Newser) – Charles Barkley's blood-alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit when he was busted on suspicion of DUI on New Year's Eve, the Arizona Republic reports. He blew a .149, well over the limit of .08 and a shade under the state's "extreme DUI" cut-off of .15. The Basketball Hall of Famer has taken a leave of absence from his TNT broadcasting job.

"This is an important time for Charles as he deals with the legal and personal issues that confront him," the president of TNT Sports said. "Charles is a valued part of the Turner Sports organization and we are concerned for his well-being."
(Read more Charles Barkley stories.)