NBA legend slammed for 'unacceptable' joke about hitting woman

Charles Barkley has issued an apology for a comment he made to a female political reporter about hitting her.

Axios reporter Alexi McCammond wrote on Twitter Tuesday night that when she questioned Barkley on his indecisiveness over the Democratic presidential hopefuls, Barkley told her 'I don't hit women but if I did I would hit you.'

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McCammond says when she objected to his remarks, Barkley told her she 'couldn't take a joke.'

Barkley, a former NBA player who works as a basketball analyst for TNT's Inside the NBA, issued an apology on Wednesday through TurnerSportsPR on Twitter saying his comment was 'inappropriate and unacceptable.'

Former NBA player turned commentator Charles Barkley has apologised for an off-colour joke to a reporter. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

Barkley said in the statement that “it was an attempted joke that wasn't funny at all.”

“There's no excuse for it and I apologise.”

Swift backlash after ‘out of line’ comment

Despite Barkley’s swift apology, the former NBA MVP’s attempt at humour was not looked on favourably on social media.

Many basketball fans said it was time for Barkley to realise jokes about domestic violence weren’t appropriate in this day and age.

Ben Simmons hits first career three-pointer

Aussie Ben Simmons has sent the internet into meltdown after sinking his first three-pointer for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Simmons is notorious for the massive hole in his game and worked tirelessly on his shooting from beyond the line in the off-season and fans have been waiting to see when he would take the plunge and go for a three-pointer this season.

But against the New York Knicks the 76ers point guard was set up in the corner after Furkan Korkmaz, running the offence from the top of the key, delivered a bounce pass to Simmons as the shot clock ticked under 10 seconds.

Simmons, standing wide open — because why would anybody bother guarding him there? — caught the pass and immediately launched a shot from beyond the 3-point line.

Social media went into meltdown after the groundbreaking moment with many excited of the prospect of more shots from beyond the arc.

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