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Barkley to return to air Thursday night

Charles Barkley will return from his leave of absence and be back on the air Thursday night during TNT's NBA coverage.

Barkley was arrested Dec. 31 in Scottsdale, Ariz., and his leave began Jan. 9. Police said the 45-year-old NBA Hall of Famer had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit in Arizona.

Barkley, a TNT studio analyst, was forced to miss the network's coverage of All-Star Weekend in Phoenix.

"From the beginning, Charles recognized that he used poor judgment. He took full responsibility and apologized for his actions," Turner Sports president David Levy said in a statement Tuesday.

Barkley will be back to offer his opinions of Thursday's trade deadline, as well as TNT's doubleheader coverage of San Antonio-Detroit and Boston-Utah.

It remains unclear if Barkley will address the incident while on air.

"We haven't really thought about it, but I'm sure Charles will have something to say," Levy said earlier this month, according to Sports Business Daily. "What's really nice is that he's had so much support from a lot of people in this challenging time for him. He's humbled a little bit."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.