Female Reporter Alleges Charles Barkley Told Her 'I Don't Hit Women, But if I Did I'd Hit You'

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is being accused by a feminine reporter of threatening her throughout an interview Tuesday evening.

Alexi McCammond, a political reporter for Axios, alleged on Twitter that Barkley, 56, threatened to hit her after she requested him a query about supporting Democratic main contenders Pete Buttigieg and Duval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts who not too long ago entered the presidential race.

“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 claimed in a tweet.

“There are almost no times I will beak an OTR ‘agreement’ but this is not OK,” she continued. “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.”

In a 3rd tweet, McCammond shared a photograph of Barkley chatting with reporters on the unspecified occasion. “Here’s a pic (albeit dark and blurry) if you need more,” she wrote.



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Reps for Barkley and Axios didn’t reply to PEOPLE’s requests for remark.

McCammond mentioned in one other tweet “I hate being part of a story” earlier than sharing statistics about bodily abuse.

“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,” she wrote, crediting the data to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

“It’s not about me or my feelings — tho I’m grateful for the many friends who have reached out,” she wrote. “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.”


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In one other tweet on the topic, McCammond mentioned, “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.”

During his NBA profession from 1984 to 2000, Barkley performed for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets. In 1996, he was named one of many 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

He additionally competed within the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and received two gold medals as a member of the United States’ “Dream Team.”

Since retiring, Barkley has been a NBA analyst for TNT alongside Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.

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