By now, you’ve probably seen ‘Charles Barkley’ trending on Twitter and wondered whether or not he clubbed Shaq in the kneecaps and gave Ernie Johnson a noogie.
Instead, Barkley was trending due to comments he made to a female reporter at a political event in Atlanta on Wednesday.
When Charles’ political allegiance was called into question by Axios reporter Alexi McCammond, the NBA legend allegedly responded with:
McCammond’s tweet went viral soon thereafter and she then spent a chunk of the morning trying to get Charles canceled for his off-color joke by retweeting the inappropriate jokes he’s made in the past.
Barkley, who isn’t even on Twitter, felt the heat from the outrage mob and issued an apology that was delivered by Turner Sports public relations:
The apology was seemingly not enough for McCammond.
If there’s one thing McCammond should know as a political reporter, it’s that if you’re going to play moral arbiter, you best have all your ducks in line because the internet hates nothing more than a posturing hypocrite.
While I do think that tearing down the messenger to diminish the message is foul play, the lesson is that if everyone was held to the fire for every shitty joke that crosses the line, we’d all have third degree burns.
If Alexi truly felt threatened that Charles Barkley would get physical with her right there in the middle of that political conference, then that’s a different story. But if she just didn’t like his words, then clap back at his bullshit and move on.
Plus, the only violence Charles Barkley is known for is throwing a dude threw a window during a bar fight. When a judge asked if Barkley had any regrets about the incident, he responded: “Yeah, I regret we weren’t on a higher floor.”
So I’d say an apology from Charles is very rare and should be coveted.