Alexi McCammond said Barkley made the remark after she asked for clarification over which Democratic presidential candidate he supports ahead of the 2020 race. The reporter said Barkley made the comment while speaking off the record. She said she published the tweet despite their agreement.
“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 wrote on Twitter late Tuesday.
McCammond said Barkley was talking about how he supported former two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for president. She said Barkley reversed his stance and said, as he was approached by a member of Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, that he was in favor of the South Bend mayor. McCammond said Barkley made the remark about hitting women after she pointed out his change of heart.
“There are almost no times I will beak [sic] an OTR “agreement” but this is not OK,” McCammond continued on Twitter. She said everyone should be held accountable for remarks that help perpetuate violence against women.
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. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence https://t.co/eqgn0McbYt https://t.co/nll7a0rv2o— Alexi McCammond (@alexi) November 20, 2019