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Lakers’ Matt Barnes arrested for traffic warrant, resisting arrest

Jul 31, 2012, 3:04 AM EDT

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes, who played for the Lakers last season, was arrested in Manhattan Beach — an independent beach city in the South Bay area of Los Angeles where a number of players live and go out — and he resisted that arrest, according to and broken by TMZ.

Here are the details from NBCLA:

Barnes has a $26,000 unpaid traffic warrant for driving with a suspended license, said Lt. Steve Tobias with Manhattan Beach police. It was not immediately clear why Barnes’ license was suspended…

An officer who was aware that Barnes had an outstanding warrant saw him on foot and took him into custody, Tobias told City News Service, adding that Barnes threatened the officer while he was being arrested.

Barnes was walking in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach when this happened, according to reports. Police say he was not cooperative.

Barnes was bailed out just before midnight local time, he paid the $26,000 in traffic fines and another $25,000 bail for resisting arrest.

Barnes played for the Lakers last season but is currently a free agent.

  1. tanroop - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Barnes is a Free Agent.

  2. readysethike - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    seems like they were expecting to see him there

  3. astyves164 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    He’s actually not under contract for the Lakers next season

  4. cbking05 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    The LA Way….Bad playoffs = Jail

  5. rickyspanish - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    That’s an expensive traffic fine.

  6. 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    I thought Barnes was a free agent this year since he signed a two year deal a couple years back with a player out that he opted in with last year? Cool…I’ll take him and his hustle back! Really wanted to see what Eyenga has to offer though. Behind MWP and MB, and even Ebanks it’s gonna be hard.

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      He still is a free agent but I wouldn’t mind seeing him back. He is the ultimate team player on the court, he hustles hard, shoots when he’s open, and always tries to make the right play. He seemed to lose his confidence last year though which hurt the Lakers bad in the playoffs.

  7. stebutt - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    What a clown.

    • shanelsweet - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      Agreed! That officer should be ashamed of himself

  8. isujames - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM


  9. nadsiantheory - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    Go Bruins!!

  10. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    He’s a free agent so why is he still being considered “Lakers’ Matt Barnes”? The Lakers have no intentions on bringing him back. It should read FA Matt Barnes or just Matt Barnes. Anything to make LA look bad I guess

  11. 24thesho - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Dude, just pay the damn ticket! WTH!?

  12. donrwells3 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    $26,000 for a traffic violation?? How does that even happen?

    • phaden27 - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Yeah but just imagine if he’d been going through a construction zone…

  13. omniusprime - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Matt Barnes was just plain stupid to not take care of that traffic fine before it grew so huge. Just goes to show that pro athletes are scum and I hope the Lakers trade him away. Barnes is just some idiot gangsta gone wild.

    • phaden27 - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      Yeah and Chris Herren was the patron saint of basketball…

    • davidly - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      If pro athletes are scum, shouldn’t you be hoping LA trades the whole team for bankers or something?

    • mytthor - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      This goes to show pro athletes are scum? All of them? Hooray generalization! I know of about 800 NBA players who don’t have $26,000 traffic fines.

  14. imforbigblue - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Lol and they wonder why they call these morons thugs and gangsters. Look at at him and he’s going to threaten a cop wow I wish he played on my team SMH

  15. therealgts - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Those last two comments were fantastically stereotypical. All pro athletes are scum, morons, idiots, and gangsters? Get educated please

  16. hatesycophants - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    How does an obvious bigot like imforbigblue not receive a lifetime ban from posting here? Does NBC agree with his thoroughly uneducated posts?

    • skids003 - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      Probably because he has freedom of speech. You must be liberal, because liberals think it only applies to them and their beliefs.

  17. illegalblues - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    man, if some dude tried to lay a 26,000 dollar PARKING FINE on me, i’d pretty pretty damn non-cooperative too. hide yo wife, hide yo daughter, barnes is at the drive-through gettin’ taco bell.

  18. adoombray - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    more tattoos than game,
    starting matt barnes, are you insane?
    a free agent whose stock has crashed
    someone teach this guy how to shave a moustache
    he reminds me alot of shannon brown
    a guy who got famous for playing in Laker town
    he’s really just not that impressive
    but with saying their dudes are the greatest, Laker fans are obsessive

  19. fnc111 - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM


    You are blind. Brown is a way better player than this thug. You obviously missed how well Shannon played the last couple of months with the Suns. He just got a two year deal with Phx because of it. Barnes has been awful for a while.

    • adoombray - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      I was mostly trying (and apparently failing) to be funny, but I can’t turn down an opportunity to respond. I live in Phoenix and the Suns are the only local team I support. I watched me alot of Shannon Brown as a guy from LA and a certified suns fan laker hater. It’s just the suns biggest rivalry. Shannon Brown is nothing special regardless of the numbers. he had a couple of games where he came out and jacked up a million 3s (the 2nd or 3rd laker game last year, i forget which) when Kobe wasn’t playing and LA rolled over. Thing is, if the shot ISN’T falling, Shannon Brown takes the shot anyway. he doesnt pass. he doesnt hide that he’s taking the shot. He did get resigned, but only after Phoenix missed on Gordon and the other good 2 guards. Plus, Phoenix still traded for Wes Johnson anyway and have been playing that one up on facebook to the fans.

      Matt Barnes is another nothing special guy. Like Shannon Brown he can occasionally get on a hot streak and make an impact and he can play some tough defense at times. But he disappears for long stretches of the game and if his shot isnt falling, well, Kobe or Bynum are taking it anyway. He’s lucky to be on that team. Nobody would talk about either of these dudes if they didnt put on Laker uniforms at some point.

  20. imforbigblue - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Lol I’m a bigot because I said this moron who threaten a cop is a thug gangster? Yeah look at him hes a sure fire roll model huh. I bet you let your little kids listen to 2pac and all those other great role models who rap about Guns and drugs to huh. You know what they say don’t judge a book by its cover well I opened it and read the whole things and he’s still a punk wannabe thug and you your a feaking cry baby grow a set

    • mytthor - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      What did your parents let you listen to? Because it obviously wasn’t something that taught spelling and grammar.

      Here’s the cliffs notes version of why you’re a bigot:
      If a rich white business man threatened a cop, would he be a thug gangster? I bet you answered no. What about a poor white dude? No again. How about a rich white athlete? Nope. A rich black athlete? DINGDINGDINGDING.

      But just to let you know, Matt Barnes is from Fair Oaks, California. A town that’s less than 2% black, and known for the chickens running around. He lettered in 8 sports then went to UCLA on a full scholarship. If this guy is a “thug gangster,” then I’m Biggie Smalls.

  21. pop562 - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Just because Barnes have tattoos he’s a thug lol…these bigots with their lame stereotypes and stigma of not just basketball players but people with tattoos in general. Would you call your family doctor or friend with tattoos a thug? How about a 7 year old with a bazooka joe tattoo in his/her arm… Would they become a thug in your cowardly little eyes. Tattoo is body art and from the looks of it, Barnes doesn’t have any gang insignia. Just stop with the slandering and calm your prejudicial self down.

  22. dysraw1 - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    the only reason i looked at the comments of this post is because i knew some idiot would be saying thug & gangster, its truly amazing how many people hate that fact that boys from the hood earn millions of dollars at their craft. anyone can be a caught in a situation that society may think of as unacceptable. come on the man had traffic violations that makes public enemy # 1 right!

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