Matt Barnes was serenaded when he stepped onto the Madison Square Garden court a few days ago. New York being New York, Barnes was graced (sarcastically) with chants of Derek Fisher, Derek Fisher. Fisher, the former Knicks coach, was famously thrust into social media trending when he and Barnes got into an altercation because Barnes then estranged wife was involved in a relationship with Fisher. Barnes didn’t like the idea of his former teammate in violation of the man code and so he did what Barnes likes to do, he made Fisher his victim. A punch to the Fisher face made the social media rounds but Barnes didn’t stop there. At every opportunity he jammed Fisher up because he was more than fuming that Fisher told the NBA the details. In Barnes world, Fisher (snitches gets stitches) had it coming.
As for Barnes crossing the line when he said, “violence is never the answer but sometimes it is” he was fined $35,000. That bit of verbal non- discipline got him into hot water. News to Barnes: everything you think should not be said out loud. But Barnes can’t help himself. Impulse control has never been one of his strengths, not even on the court. During a playoff game, he once cursed at James Harden’s mother. He has received numerous technical fouls and now this:
The NYPD is going to arrest Matt Barnes on assault charges according to the NY Daily News.
“They have enough to charge Barnes with an assault on a woman”, a police source said. “It will probably be a misdemeanor assault on one of the females who was pusehd or choked or sustained some sort of injury. She’s obviously cooperating.”
There was a mini riot inside Avenues nightclub where bottles were thrown but not from the Barnes party which included Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. The alleged victims to Barnes assault, Jasmine Besio and Myrone Powell, filed a federal lawsuit against Barnes and Cousins. The serious allegation that Besio outlines is that Barnes choked her until she was unconcious. For his part, Powell had two black eyes and reiterated allegations that Cousins punched him and then Barnes stomped on him.
Avenues nightclub, the same nightclub where Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha had his leg broken and was beaten by NYC cops causing Sefolosha to sue and win, was at the center of it all. According to USA Today:
“Police received reports that a man inside a Chelsea neighborhood club choked a woman and two others-a man and a woman were assaulted as they attempted to intervene. Footage of the incident obtained by the investigators appears to show Barnes was the assailant, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation who is not authorized to speak publicly because the investigation is ongoing.” A.J. Perez, USA Today Sports
Barnes happened to be at the club because the Kings don’t have another game until Wednesday and decided to stay over and leave for home Monday morning. But early Monday morning is when the alleged assault took place.
Wake me up when Matt Barnes changes. He can’t get out of his own way. He stays stuck in the middle of soap opera often violent drama because of bad choices on his part and rarely, if ever, is he accountable.
He released this on Twitter:
There’s always two sides to every story. The side the media consistently tries to paint of me..and what actually happened!! Don’t believe everything you read.
Ok. We won’t. We’ll just believe what we see on the court.
It is Barnes 14th NBA year. I’ll put it this way. The career is winding down. He is shooting a career worst 35.8%. His three point bomb, allegedly his specialty (making timely shots behind the arc), has gone into hiding, 29.8%. He is scoring a five year low, 7.5 points a game. You can’t depend on him defensively anymore as he is posting his worst defensive rating in 11 years. His offensive rating is a career low. HIs PER is a 12 year low.
Barnes signed a free agent deal with Sacramento for $6.1 million and he has a player option for next season.
Sacramento is Barnes 9th NBA team. He was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round in 2002 and played in the D-League and the ABL before signing with the Clippers in January of 2004. This is his second go round as a King. The first time he signed with Sacramento it was October of 2004. Other teams he played for: Clippers (twice), Knicks, 76ers, Warriors, Suns, Magic, Lakers, Grizzlies.
Barnes is the third Sacramento King with issues. Point guard(s) Darren Collison and Ty Lawson had to face legal charges. Collison pled guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and Lawson pled guilty to driving under the influence
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