Mixed responses after reporter says Charles Barkley told her, ‘I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you’

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Former NBA star Charles Barkley stirred up some controversy following a reporter’s claim about an inappropriate remark he made during an interview.

Axios reporter Alexi McCammond tweeted that the 56-year-old retired professional basketball player was discussing the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates with her when he allegedly said, “I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you.”

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Barkley apparently did not appreciate McCammond pointing out his reversal on which candidate he supported, making the comments after they discussed how he supported South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg though he had previously been behind former two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for president. Barkley had recently contended that the Democrat Party has done nothing for the black community.

“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,'” McCammond tweeted Tuesday.

She noted the comments were made off the records but felt she needed to say something.

Her tweets set up debate on social media as many supported her, condemning Barkley, while others were not ready to “cancel” the NBA legend who is currently an analyst on “Inside the NBA.”

McCammond added that she did not like being “part of the story” while noting the number of women who are physically abused each year.

“It’s not about me or my feelings,” she added, contending that “everyone should be held accountable” for words that might help perpetuate violence against women.

Some Twitter users backed the reporter, citing past stories about Barkley’s controversial remarks or behavior.

But Many others on Twitter refused to take McCammond’s word for what happened without proof, blasting the reporter for seeking attention while claiming she did not want to be part of the story.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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