Charles Barkley Apologizes for Telling Female Reporter, 'I Don’t Hit Women, But If I Did I Would Hit You'

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NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is world-renowned for saying stupid and reprehensible things, but his latest attempt at “humor” might be his worst yet.

On Tuesday, reporter Alexi McCammond threw Twitter into a tailspin when she revealed an unfavorable encounter that she had with the award-winning Inside the NBA analyst:

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

Naturally, this drew an immediate response from both fans and detractors of Barkley who made it a point to not only opine on the situation but delve into the 56-year-old’s checkered past:

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In response to the backlash, USA Today reports that Barkley issued a statement on Wednesday through Turner Sports:

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

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However, McCammond, who has been threatened multiple times since coming forward with Barkley’s remarks, believes his apology is not enough.

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“The comments Charles Barkley made to me are not acceptable. Threats of violence are not a joke, & no person deserves to be hit or threatened like that,” she tweeted. “Silence only allows the culture of misogyny to fester. And those kinds of comments don’t merit off-the-record protections.”

No word on whether Turner Sports will penalize the 11-time NBA All-Star for his comments, but it’s more than clear that Barkley’s penchant for testing his boundaries has worn out its welcome.

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