Update: Charles Barkley Apologizes After Female Reporter Says He Told Her ‘I Don’t Hit Women But If I Did I Would Hit You’
UPDATE: Charles Barkley has since issued an apology.
A female reporter is calling out Charles Barkley for possibly saying he wanted to hit her. Political reporter Alexi McCammond took to Twitter to accuse the sportscaster and former NBA star Tuesday (Nov. 19).
“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 I ‘couldn’t take a joke.'”
She said she’s not typically one to go against the “off-the-record” agreement that journalists make with their subjects, but she said this time she made an exception.
“It’s not about me or my feelings — tho I’m grateful for the many friends who have reached out. But it’s about refusing to allow this culture to perpetuate because of silence on these issues. It’s easier and less awkward to be silent, but that helps NO ONE but the perpetrator.”
“I encourage you to consider how you’d respond if a friend said something similar to what Barkley said tonight. And then challenge yourself to ask the same of yourself if a stranger (or “celebrity”) said that. I hope the answers are the same. Everyone should be held accountable.”