TNT Sports NBA analyst Charles Barkley has never been one to hold back his comments on any subject.
Barkley has made controversial comments over the years on not only the NBA and its players but issues such as race relations and being a role model to children, but this time his comments may cost him.
Barkley told a female reporter that quote “I don’t hit women, but if I did, I would hit you.”
The woman in question is Alexi McCammond who is covering the 2020 elections for Axios who asked Barkley about his support for Democratic candidates Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. She quickly posted Barkley’s comments on Twitter.
McCammond said she posted the comment’s on Twitter because “this is not okay.”
Barkley said it was just a joke but later he issued this apology:
“It was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all,” he said in the statement. “There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.”
McCammond continued to explain why she felt the need to out Barkley’s comments.
“Threats of violence are not a joke, & no person deserves to be hit or threatened like that. Silence only allows the culture of misogyny to fester. And those kinds of comments don’t merit off-the-record protections.”
No word from TNT Sports if they plan on suspending or firing Barkley for his comments.