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Charles Barkley accused of telling female reporter ‘I don’t hit women, but if I did I would hit you’

NBA legend Charles Barkley is accused of telling female reporter ‘I don’t hit women, but if I did I would hit you’ after she asked him to clarify which presidential candidate he supports

  • Axios reporter Alexi McCammond tweeted that Charles Barkley told her ‘I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you’ during a conversation with media Tuesday
  • Barkley was speaking off the record, McCammond admitted, but she felt that the TNT basketball analyst should be held accountable for his statement 
  • McCammond said she was asking Barkley to clarify whom he’d vote for in the 2020 presidential race after voicing support for Pete Buttigieg and Deval Patrick
  • The Hall of Famer was in a similar situation in 1990 after telling reporters: ‘This is a game that if you lose, you go home and beat your wife and kids’
  • Barkley was accused of sexism in 1997 after directing a flippant comment at Hannah Storm, an NBC Sports anchor, but later apologized to her on live TV
  • A former Republican, Barkley now primarily supports Democratic politicians
  • UPDATE: Barkley issued an apology, saying his ‘comment was inappropriate and unacceptable, and adding that it ‘was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all’

Former NBA star Charles Barkley has apologized for telling a female Axios reporter, ‘I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you.’

That reporter, Alexi McCammond, claims Barkley told her this after she asked him to clarify which presidential candidate he supported in 2020.

‘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 on Twitter.

Through a spokesperson for Turner Sports, Barkley issued an apology on Wednesday. 

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

Barkley was speaking off the record, McCammond admitted, but she felt strongly that the TNT basketball analyst should be held accountable for his statement.

‘There are almost no times I will beak [sic] an OTR “agreement” but this is not OK,’ McCammond continued.

Alexi McCammond claims Barkley told her this after she asked him to clarify which presidential candidate he supported in 2020

Charles Barkley (left) is facing criticism after allegedly telling a female Axios reporter, ‘I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you.’ That reporter, Alexi McCammond (right), claims Barkley told her this after she asked him to clarify which presidential candidate he supported in 2020

According to McCammond, Barkley insisted he was only joking about hitting her

 According to McCammond, Barkley insisted he was only joking about hitting her 

According to McCammond, Barkley had said he supported former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick after previously supporting a Democratic rival, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

A former Republican who now supports Democratic candidates, Barkley was in a similar situation in 1990, when he made a flippant comment about domestic abuse when he was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

‘This is a game that if you lose, you go home and beat your wife and kids,’ Barkley told reporters. ‘Did you see my wife jumping up and down at the end of the game? That’s because she knew I wasn’t going to beat her.’

McCammond specifically objected to making any joke about domestic violence.

‘I hate being part of a story so here’s a reminder that this is so much bigger than me: nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the US. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence,’ she tweeted, citing statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

McCammond specifically objected to making any joke about domestic violence

McCammond specifically objected to making any joke about domestic violence

Barkley was accused of sexism in 1997 after directing a flippant comment at Hannah Storm, an NBC Sports anchor who now works at ESPN.

But after saying that Storm and other women in the media ‘shouldn’t be announcing men’s sports,’ he apologized during a halftime segment a few days later.

‘It was stupid and sexist and said in jest,’ Barkley told Storm. ‘I want to apologize to you and all the women journalists out there. Keep up the good work.’ 

A two-time Olympic gold medalist and former NBA MVP, Barkley played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, and Houston Rockets between 1984 and 2000, and is now among the more prominent basketball analysts on television. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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