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Charles Barkley under fire for telling female reporter he’d hit her

Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley of “NBA on TNT.” (Photo credit: Steed Media)

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is under fire for allegedly telling a female reporter that he would hit her.

Barkley, the former Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns legend who is now a two-time Emmy Award-winning analyst for “NBA on TNT,” allegedly told “Axios” reporter Alexis McCammond, “I don’t hit women, but if I did I would hit you.”

McCammond accused Barkley of making the remark “off the record” when she broached the topic of which Democratic presidential candidate he would support. She said that set off a lively discussion about former Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat from Massachusetts, who had just announced his presidential candidacy.

Barkley, through a tweet posted by Turner Sports Wednesday morning, Nov. 20, admitted to making the questionable comment and apologized for it.

According to McCammond, the allegedly inflammatory comment happened when Barkley said he favored Patrick, but then when someone else near Barkley mentioned Pete Buttigieg, and Barkley also said he loved him, McCammond said Barkley contradicted himself.

After the tweet went viral, McCammond wrote, “I hate being part of a story, so here’s a reminder that this is so much bigger than me: nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the US. One in four women and one in nine men experience severe intimate partner physical violence.”

She continued, “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.”

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