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TNT's Charles Barkley apologizes for 'attempted joke' after allegedly telling female reporter 'I

Charles Barkley apologized to a reporter Wednesday for what he called an “attempted joke,” following claims the NBA Hall of Famer had told her “I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you.”

The TNT basketball commentator's response came a day after Axios reporter Alexi McCammond tweeted about the alleged exchange.

CHARLES BARKLEY ALLEGEDLY TOLD REPORTER 'I DON’T HIT WOMEN BUT IF I DID I WOULD HIT YOU'

McCammond, a politics reporter covering the 2020 presidential election, wrote: “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.”

She said she had asked Barkley off the record for clarification on which Democratic candidate he supported for president.

“My comment was inappropriate and unacceptable,” Barkley said in a statement released by Turner Sports PR. “It was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all. There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.”

“My comment was inappropriate and unacceptable. It was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all. There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.”

— Charles Barkley