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Barkley says he'll stop gambling for now

Barkley says he'll stop gambling for now
Charles Barkley arrives to the twenty-ninth annual sports Emmy Awards ceremony where he is one of the presenters at the Rose Theater on April 28, 2008 in New York. The awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Science, honors sports T.V. personalities and programming.(UPI Photo/Monika Graff) | License Photo

PHILADELPHIA, May 19 (UPI) -- NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who reportedly owed a Las Vegas casino $400,000, said Monday his gambling days are over, at least for now.

"I gamble probably once every two or three weeks to a month," Barkley said on the pre-game show on Turner Network Television before Game 7 of the Spurs-Hornets Western Conference semifinal series. "It's not like I'm going every day."

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Barkley acknowledged he paid the Wynn Las Vegas resort after the casino filed a civil complaint.

"I am not going to gamble anymore," Barkley said. "For right now, the next year or two, I'm not going to gamble. It was my fault."

Barkley, a nine-time NBA all-star, was the league MVP in 1993. Since his retirement in 2000, he has worked as an analyst with TNT.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006 after a career in which he played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets.

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