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