Reporter: Charles Barkley told me, ‘I don’t hit women, but if I did, I would hit you’
Charles Barkley has a history of sexist comments.
The crudest publicly came in 1990. Los Angeles Times:
Now, Barkley has again run his mouth in this direction.
Alexi McCammond of Axios:
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 me I “couldn’t take a joke.”— Alexi McCammond (@alexi) November 20, 2019
There are almost no times I will beak an OTR “agreement” but this is not OK. And it was all because he came in talking about how he loves Deval Patrick and once someone from Pete‘s campaign came around he said he loved Pete and I reminded him he previously said he was a Deval fan— Alexi McCammond (@alexi) November 20, 2019
Statement on behalf of Charles Barkley in response to tweet by Axios reporter Alexi McCammond:— Warner Bros. Discovery Sports U.S. PR (@WBDSportsPR) November 20, 2019
“My comment was inappropriate and unacceptable. It was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all. There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.”
This was obviously inappropriate for Barkley to say. I’m not sure how else to characterize it. It doesn’t sound like a threat. It’s not related to domestic violence. It’s just not the way to speak to someone working professionally.
I’m glad he apologized, and I hope he learned from this. But history suggests he’ll continue to make off-color jokes. In fact, he’s rewarded for repeatedly pushing the line.
That might eventually get him into serious trouble. I don’t think these remarks should be the ones to spark mass outrage.