Matt Barnes: Was His Pro-Am Sucker Punch a Show of Toughness or Immaturity?

August 6th, 2011 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes was recently video-taped punching a rival player in the face during a summer league pro-am game, which only adds to the growing list of incidents that have kept Barnes' name in the news for reasons other than basketball.

If you don't remember, Barnes was arrested for domestic violence in September while he was recovering from a knee injury, then he was suspended by the NBA in April for shoving a Dallas Mavericks assistant coach to the floor.

Most Lakers fans love the energy and intensity Barnes brings to the team whenever he is in the game, and the Dallas incident can even be forgiven since it resulted from defending a teammate.

However, it's a little harder to excuse Barnes for his earlier indiscretions, especially when you consider that both are of a criminal nature.

I'm not sure why Barnes was arrested for domestic violence in Sacramento, but the charge suggests that he threatened someone in a physically intimidating manner.

What Barnes did in the Bay Area summer league game was flat-out assault, and amazingly officials didn't see it so Barnes was not penalized, and he even went on ...

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