L.A. Clippers Forward Matt Barnes Suspended 1 Game for Resisting Arrest

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIOctober 30, 2012

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes has been suspended for one game due to an incident in which he resisted arrest in the offseason.

ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin reported the NBA’s decision via Twitter:

The league announced current Clipper/former Laker Matt Barnes is suspended one game for pleading no contest to resisting arrest

— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) October 30, 2012

In late July, Barnes was taken into custody outside a bar in Manhattan Beach, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles, according to CBS Los Angeles.

TMZ added that the small forward had racked up $26,000 in traffic violations for driving with a suspended license and was charged with a felony for resisting arrest after being confronted by police officers.

The report notes that the charge cost Barnes an additional $25,000 fine, and he can now add a one-game check to the grand total he has lost due to this episode of poor discretion. 

Barnes has been a journeyman over the course of his career, playing in regular season games for eight different teams. He spent the last two years with the Los Angeles Lakers and averaged 7.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game last season.

He was one of several free-agent signings for the Clippers in the offseason, marking his second stint with the franchise. He made his NBA debut for the team in the 2003-04 season and will join newcomers Grant Hill, Lamar Odom and Jamal Crawford in 2012-13. 

Barnes has developed a reputation as a tough guy during his 10 years in the league. The Clippers can only hope that the 32-year-old will channel his aggression into on-court production this season while avoiding any further transgressions. 

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