There was nothing funny about what Charles Barkley said. Any of it. 

Barkley issued an apology through Turner Sports on Wednesday morning for his tasteless “joke” about domestic violence, and everyone was quick to move on. Barkley is almost universally beloved, in part because of his lack of filter, and it’s just easier to enjoy him for his antics.

And yet … Barkley’s exchange with Alexi McCammond, a reporter from Axios, is an example of the diminishing treatment that women — anyone from a marginalized community, for that matter – are subjected to on a daily basis, and it needs to stop.

It was disturbing enough that Barkley thought nothing of telling McCammond, “I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you.” According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women has experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. That’s right, one in three. Among men, it’s one in nine.

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