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Charles Barkley to Reporter: “I Don’t Hit Women, But If I Did I Would Hit You”

Charles Barkley Hit Women

Charles Barkley has said his fair share of controversial words, and this isn’t anything different. Barkley claims this was a ‘joke’ but the reporter didn’t take it that way. Barkley joked that he doesn’t hit women, but if he did, it would be to her….

Source (New York Post) – A political reporter says NBA legend Charles Barkley threatened to hit her after she questioned his apparent political indecisiveness as they discussed the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Alexi McCammond, who is covering the 2020 presidential race for Axios, posted a series of tweets accusing Barkley, 56, of making inappropriate remarks while speaking to her off the record late Tuesday at an unspecified event.

“Just FYI Charles Barkley told me tonight ‘I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you,’ and then when I objected to that he told me I ‘couldn’t take a joke,’” McCammond wrote.

In subsequent tweets, McCammond explained that she would normally never violate an “OTR agreement” but insisted Barkley’s comments needed to be exposed.

Barkley, through Turner Sports, apologized for his remarks early Wednesday.

“My comment was inappropriate and unacceptable,” Barkley said in the statement. “It was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all. There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.”

McCammond replied to the tweet from the sports network and did not accept Barkley’s regret or any attempt to characterize his comment as a joke.

“Silence only allows the culture of misogyny to fester,” McCammond’s response continued. “And those kinds of comments don’t merit off-the-record protections.”

Barkley had earlier said that he supported former two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for president before abruptly changing his mind once he was approached by a member of Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, according to McCammond’s account.

“And it was all because he came in talking about how he loves Deval Patrick and once someone from Pete’s campaign came around he said he loved Pete and I reminded him he previously said he was a Deval fan,” McCammond tweeted.

Barkley’s comments were quickly blasted as “outrageous” and “completely unacceptable” online, where some critics also noted that he apologized in 1990 for making light of beating his wife and kids after a near-loss while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, drawing criticism from women’s groups in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Written by Sami Jarjour

The Co-Founder of Sports ON Tap & Host of "Stuff That Matters w/ Sami Jarjour" Podcast & Co-Host of "That Being Said Podcast w/ George & Sami Jarjour."

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