Barkley won't return to air for All-Star weekend

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Charles Barkley will sit out TNT's coverage of All-Star weekend in Phoenix after his arrest in Scottsdale on suspicion of drunken driving.

Barkley was expected to return to the air sometime in the second half of the season.

Barkley took a leave of absence from his TV responsibilities last month, the day tests showed that his blood-alcohol level was at .149, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 in Arizona.

The leave was for a minimum of several weeks, and Turner spokesman Jeff Pomeroy confirmed Monday that it will continue through All-Star weekend, when TNT usually draws some of its best ratings.

The Sports Business Journal reported Monday that Barkley would return to the air sometime after the All-Star game. TNT has not announced a timetable for his return.