ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 08: Charles Barkley speaks to guests during the Julius Erving Red Carpet and Pairings Party at Premier Night Club at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on September 08, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Julius Erving Golf Classic (a PGD Global Production))
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Charles Barkley apologizes for joking to reporter that he’d hit her

Originally posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

“Inside the NBA” star Charles Barkley apologized after joking to a female reporter, “I don’t hit women but if I did, I would hit you.” 

Axios reporter Alexi McCammond tweeted Tuesday about the incident. She immediately complained to Barkley about what he had said and he told her that she “couldn’t take a joke.”

On Wednesday, Barkley released this statement through Atlanta-based Turner Sports: 

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

The comments were part of an off-the-record conversation about Barkley’s thoughts on Democratic candidates Deval Patrick and Pete Buttigieg, McCammond said in a series of tweets.

But McCammond said she broke this “off the record” rule because of the inappropriate nature of his comments.

Barkley, a former NBA player, has been part of the “Inside the NBA” crew since 2000. 

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Rodney Ho
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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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