Barkley admits to $400,000 casino debt

May 15, 2008 6:12:46 PM PDT
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 resor


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.


e 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.