Charles Barkley Coughed Up $12,000 For Ernie Johnson’s Steak Dinner After Losing Rose Bowl Bet

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TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson bet over the outcome of last Monday’s Rose Bowl game between Georgia and Oklahoma. As we are now aware, Georgia bested Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma 54-48 in a double-overtime instant classic.

Ernie was exploiting poor Chuck, seeing as Sir Charles took after his pal Michael Jordan as a relentless gambler. Barkley has admitted to losing an estimated $10 million gambling in his lifetime, including $2.5 million lost playing blackjack in under six hours. Not really a cause for concern to a dude who’s worth close to $50 million.

The two bet a nice “steak dinner” on the game, but Ernie decided to twist the knife by inviting 50+ of his friends to Kevin Rathbun Steak, the number one rated steak house in all of Atlanta. Prior to Thursday’s game between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, the NBA on TNT account tweeted a picture of Johnson’s $12,337.28 dinner tab.

We can deduce from this bill that Ernie ate well and got hammered. Here’s an audit of his alcohol consumption below:

18 Grey Goose Martinis: $270
33 Chopin Vodkas: $396
11 Far Niente Chardonnays: $1,210
18 Caymus Cabernet: $2,880
24 Hennessey’s: $456

Total Alcohol Alone: $5,212

Chuck’s reaction to the bill is priceless:

Just a casual bet between friends that would put me out of house and home.

[h/t Busted Coverage]

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