Charles Barkley Apologizes for Telling Female Reporter “I Don’t Hit Women but If I Did I Would Hit You”

Charles Barkley has been known to campaign. (Marvin Gentry / Reuters)

TNT NBA analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley apologized Wednesday for a comment he made about striking a female reporter Tuesday night.

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

Late Tuesday night, Axios reporter Alexi McCammond posted a message to her verified Twitter account indicating that Barkley made the remark about hitting women to her.

“I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you,” McCammond said Barkley told her. When McCammond told Barkley she objected to the comment, she said Barkley added that she “couldn’t take a joke.”

McCammond said the comment was in reference to a conversation about Deval Patrick, the former two-term governor of Massachusetts who recently entered the race for the 2020 presidential campaign. McCammond said that Barkley had said he loves Patrick, but that when someone from Pete Buttigieg’s campaign arrived, he said he loved him, too. McCammond said she reminded Barkley about his previous comments about Deval.

Buttigieg is the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and is also running in the Democratic field for the 2020 primary.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Lorenzo Reyes