Obama Sits Down With Charles Barkley

Friday, 14 Feb 2014 11:13 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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An unlikely celebrity will make a television appearance at the NBA All-Star Game this weekend: President Barack Obama.

The commander-in-chief sat for an interview Thursday with NBA legend Charles Barkley, Politico reports.

The interview with Obama, a noted basketball fan and longtime Chicago Bulls devotee, will air at half-time Sunday evening on TNT. The cable network tweeted a brief teaser of the president plugging the game and TNT.

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Ballers Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Chris Bosh are among the 14 players to participate in the 63rd NBA All-Star Game, to be held in New Orleans.

The substance of Obama's interview has not been made public but there's speculation that Barkley — known for making provocative political commentary on air — may have veered into politics.

While broadcasting a Boston Celtics v. Atlanta Hawks playoff game in May 2012, at which Mitt Romney was in attendance, Barkley said the Democrats would "beat [presumptive nominee Romney] like a drum in November," The Huffington Post then reported.

He angered many in the black community when he said he agreed with the not guilty verdict rendered at George Zimmerman's murder trial last year.

"I agree with the verdict," Barkley said. "Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to pursue, he was racial profiling, but I think Trayvon Martin — God rest his soul — I think he did flip the switch and started beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman ..." according to The Orlando Sentinel.

"Since those comments, many African Americans have taken to Twitter and other social media outlets to lambaste Barkley for his stand."

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