Current Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes is not necessarily known on the basketball court for being what one would call, “a gentleman.” His high-tempered antics have also gotten him into a bit of trouble off the court recently as well.
After the Kings finished their game in New York against the Knicks on Sunday, Barnes and a few others reportedly went to a local nightclub to unwind for the night.
Well as Sunday night turned into Monday morning, an altercation inside the club occurred in which Barnes allegedly choked a woman and punched two other people. No word yet on what started the altercation (a simple uttering of Derek Fisher’s name could have been all that it took to get Barnes fuming).
The lawyer for the accused Kings’ forward responded to the allegations soon after the altercation occured.
“We do not believe a crime was committed. We are cooperating with law enforcement and are hopeful no charges will be pressed.”
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) December 5, 2016
Barnes took to social media to pronounce his innocence.
Despite his own and his lawyer’s denial of assaulting anyone on Monday, USA TODAY has reported that there is video evidence that shows Barnes doing exactly what he is accused of. If he ends up heading to jail for the incident, it would not be the first time that the Kings’ forward has been behind bars.
Barnes is has played for nine different teams during his 14-year NBA career. After the recent incident with Fisher and his alleged involvement at the nightclub on Monday, the 2016-17 season could very well be his last in the league.
It is hard to imagine another team taking a chance on a guy next year who could potentially put their franchise in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
As of Monday afternoon, no charges have been officially filed against Barnes. But if they are, this may be the final straw for the Kings forward and his career in the NBA.