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Barkley Pays Casino Debt, but Lawsuit Remains

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Former NBA star Charles Barkley has retired his debt to a Las Vegas Strip casino that sued him after he failed to pay $400,000 in gambling loans.

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But the civil lawsuit remains open, and it's going to cost Barkley $40,000 more to get out of the legal doghouse.

"We received a check this afternoon from Mr. Barkley, and it's been sent to the district attorney," said Jennifer Dunne, spokeswoman for Wynn Las Vegas. The resort filed a civil complaint May 14 in state court alleging Barkley failed to repay four $100,000 casino markers, or loans, received in October.

"We've been paid in full," Dunne said. "The rest is the district attorney fee."

Clark County District Attorney David Roger said the case will remain open, with Barkley facing possible criminal prosecution, until he pays a 10 percent processing fee.

"We've been in contact with his representative," Roger told the Associated Press. "We expect a check for $40,000 within the next few days."

Barkley, a TNT basketball analyst, said during a pregame show Monday that he was to blame for the outstanding gambling debt.

"For right now, the next year or two, I'm not going to gamble," he said. . . .

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Erin Buescher scored 13 points, Helen Darling added 12 and Ruth Riley had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Silver Stars (1-1). . . .

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