- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Axios reporter who accused NBA legend Charles Barkley of making a threatening joke toward her apologized for her own past comments on Wednesday after Twitter sleuths dug up old tweets of her making fun of Asian people.

Reporter Alexi McCammond made headlines this week after she fired off a series of tweets accusing Mr. Barkley of saying, “I don’t hit women, but if I did I would hit you,” during an off-the-record conversation in Atlanta on Tuesday.

“This is not OK,” Ms. McCammond wrote, explaining that she broke her off-the-record agreement with Mr. Barkley because she felt the need to shine a light on domestic abuse.

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Mr. Barkley later apologized for his poor attempt at humor.

“My comment was inappropriate and unacceptable,” the TNT sports analyst said in a statement Wednesday. “It was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all. There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.”

Ms. McCammond received her own criticism for calling out Mr. Barkley’s joke, prompting users to examine her past tweets. Screenshots showed her mocking “Asian eyes” and calling her then-teaching assistant a “stupid Asian.”

“Today I was reminded of some past insensitive tweets, and I am deeply sorry to anyone I offended,” Ms. McCammond tweeted Wednesday evening. “I have since deleted those tweets as they do not reflect my views or who I am today.”

Ms. McCammond said the backlash has led to racist harassment and threats.

“In the past 24 hours I’ve been called a [racial slur] too many times to count,” she wrote. “I’ve been told to go kill myself; told that I should die because everyone hates me; and threatened by countless men who say they’d love to hit me. If you think this is warranted, you’re part of the problem.”

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