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Matt Barnes isn’t backing down from whatever happened

Aug 5, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

Matt Barnes

Did Matt Barnes punch an opposing player?

Those are the reports that came out of some San Francisco pro-am action Thursday, although video proof has yet to show up (at least that I’ve seen). This is the same place where Barnes slapped a coach last season, so maybe.

Whatever happens, Barnes is owning it.

ESPN.com college basketball writer Diamong Leung talked to Barnes after the game and TrueHoop has the quote:

That’s part of the game, man. It’s physical. You know what I mean? People come out here and think they can beat and push on me. There’s only so much I’m going to take. I’m a grown man first, so if you think you’re going to come out here and rough me up and cheap shot, I’m not having that s__.

He elbowed me and pushed me, so he got one.

Matt Barnes was not ejected from the game, by the way. Reportedly the referees said they didn’t see the punch. So apparently this league hires the WWE refs.

  1. cosanostra71 - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Barnes is a knucklehead, nothing new here

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Barnes has a point. I’m sure there are some tough guys who try to cheap shot and get into the faces of the established NBA players. Maybe Barnes should be the bigger man and not proceed to punch the guy in the face, but you can’t just let yourself be bullied.

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