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Matt Barnes says Shabazz Muhammad getting sent home from NBA’s Rookie Transition Program is ‘BS’

Aug 7, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

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Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad was sent home early from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for a blatant violation of the event’s rules.

The infraction itself wasn’t at all that serious; Muhammad apparently had a female guest in his room hours after being informed that it wasn’t allowed.

But rules are rules, and as a rookie entering the league, now would be the time to start following procedure as opposed to simply doing whatever you want and then dealing with the consequences later, however severe or embarrassing they may ultimately be.

Matt Barnes, a 10-year NBA veteran and fellow alumnus of UCLA, took to Twitter to defend Muhammad, even though the rookie’s actions were clearly indefensible.

I think @phenom15balla gettn kicked out of #NBARTP is BS. He’s a grown A$$ man, if he wants to hv a woman n his rm that’s his business(cont)

Then the media gets ahold of the story & blows it outa proportion, like they always do. Now his gotta bad wrap b4 he’s ever played a(cont)

Game.. Starting behind the 8 ball already! I guess I’m tryn to say there are bigger issues to deal with, then whether or not a grown(cont)

Man has a woman In his room.. @phenom15balla keep ur head up boy & keep working hard, this will blow over

Everyone is very aware that this isn’t a Michael Beasley scenario where drugs were involved at the same event back in 2008, but it does speak to a player’s level of commitment that in his first opportunity to prove himself at his new job, he doesn’t take the rules very seriously.

Barnes, while always coming across as thoughtful and intelligent off the court, has had similar problems following rules while playing the game itself. He’s constantly crossing the line physically, and despite having his best season as a pro last year, still managed to get himself suspended for some nonsense involving Greg Stiemsma in late January. He was also arrested last summer, and reportedly threatened the officer as he was being taken into custody.

Again, this isn’t about the offense — having a female guest in your room is hardly anything to get upset about. But violating clearly stated rules just isn’t a good look for a rookie, and given Barnes’ history of ignoring even the most basic of rules, it isn’t a surprise that he’s the one speaking so loudly in Muhammad’s defense.

  1. rickyspanish - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I love Matt Barnes, the dude comes with the real.

  2. longtallsam - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    A twenty year old gets the unbelievable opportunity to make several million dollars a year, then the NBA goes above and beyond, trying to give these undisciplined rookies special guidance so they don’t blow this unbelievable opportunity. Then this idiot can’t follow a few basic ground rules that were clearly spelled out, just a few hours before the infraction occurred. That’s right, Shabazz, just take this opportunity lightly, and your next job will be flipping burgers, after you’ve squandered the money from your rookie contract! Now, we have Matt Barnes, of all people, sticking his two cents into the situation!

  3. thrillhouse763 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Congrats Shabazz! One of the dirtiest players in the NBA is on your side!

  4. sportsnut101 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    It’s called rules Try and follow it They wanna show incoming rookies the right way

  5. dls612 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Was this ( Matt Barnes Says ) this week?

  6. dirtydavis - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Matt Barnes is a wanna be tough guy.

    • bendover09 - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      Says the man behind the computer screen

    • kb2408 - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      Hey dd, @bendover09, knocked you the *blank* out!!

  7. sellahh - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    He speaks the truth.

  8. brutl - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I hate when media members talk about “drugs” when talking about pot. After all alcohol, caffeine, aspirin– are all drugs. I don’t see anyone talking about them by bringing all the negative connotations references to drug use have.

    • kb2408 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:28 AM

      How do you put aspirin and caffeine in the same category as marijuana and alcohol? I’ve never seen anyone on the corner selling dime bags of aspirin. Nor have I ever heard of anyone getting pulled over for driving under the influence of caffeine.

      • sk85713 - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:08 AM

        Because aspirin is legal idiot.

      • davidly - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:45 AM

        Actually, bruti makes a salient point by using aspirin as an example. Studies have long shown that marijuana is the safer of the two substances, via both short- and longterm health effects.
        http://www.theatlantic.com/daily-dish/archive/2009/11/marijuana-less-dangerous-than-aspirin/194264/

        And say what you want about how THC impairs the mental faculties, it’s true. But the reason you never heard of anyone getting pulled over for driving under the influence of caffeine is because it’s not illegal. Nevertheless, having observed potheads, alkies, and java-junkies over my lifetime, I can assure you that caffeine has been the indirect cause of more than a few accidents, as well as–uh–stimulated deliberate violence.

        My point is, the official classification of substance in your country is as bunk as the bunkest bunk-weed.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:17 AM

        Because marijuana’s relatively harmless, less so than even alcohol.

      • fanofthegame79 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        kb2408 you need to do more research, my friend. Caffeine is the 2nd most additive drug behind heroin and actually gives you physical reactions while withdrawing. Aspirin can do major damage to your kidneys even if only taking a small dosage (say, for heart health). Marijuana on the other hand, has no physically additive properties and has been proven over long term studies to not have any negative effects on your body. And no, it is not a gateway drug.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      It is still a drug, regardless. As you mentioned, so is alcohol, caffeine and aspirin. It is not incorrect to refer to weed as a drug. The connotation of what that means is added by the individual.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        I guess we don’t consider marijuana a drug? You’re just kidding yourself if so. There is absolutely nothing wrong with weed, there is no question it should be legal, but it is a narcotic/drug. There’s nothing wrong with that.

  9. nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    that’s what a public education gets you, folks

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:32 AM

      Yeah, because UCLA is a community college, right?

    • bougin89 - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Being able to follow rules should be taught by your parents, not in a public education system.

      Maybe you’re referring to Matt Barnes’ grammar on twitter? It’s twitter, you only get 140 characters…

  10. davidly - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    If we had more people with Barnes’ attitude in this world, we’d have less problems with authority, not more, because then “authority” would know that we don’t take any crap.

    And Barnes is absolutely correct here. It one thing if he smacks somebody in the head on the court; then there is a good reason for the NBA to deal with that as a problem. But creating & pursuing violations & violators, as in this case, only creates more conflict, not mitigate it.

    • ryanrockzzz - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Yea I have a hard time believing the “crap” from the authority is always unwarranted. All he had to do was not bring a girl into his room…seems pretty easy. Seems like everyone else did it…..And what does that say about him and his respect for his position as an NBA player attending his first important function?

      I think your or I may consider this a minor offense, but rules are still rules and they are easy to follow. What creates conflict is when people think they are above them, or don’t respect them, or the people enforcing them don’t have any integrity….

      • davidly - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        Q.E.D.
        “Seems like everyone else did it…”
        You are basing your support for a rule on 1) “all he had to do” and 2) an assumption that anyone not punished didn’t break the rule

        Every sentence in your comment belongs in the circular argument category, eg. “I have a hard time believing the ‘crap’ from authority is always unwarranted” for no other reason than “rules are still the rules”.

        And I got news for you: People enforcing the rules very rarely have integrity.

      • saadasme - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        So..what is the reason for the rule. Is it some arbitrary rule or does it have some purpose. If is just a rule for the sake of a rule, then No, you should not follow it. This the first step in training you to be a sheep in the game and in life.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        saadasme- Learning to question authority instead of blindly accepting it is an important part of maturing.

        But an even more important part is knowing when to pick your battles.

        Muhammed has the opportunity to earn millions of dollars to play a child’s game. If the authority that is willing to give him those millions of dollars asks him to simply go a couple nights without bringing some random tail home, then he needs to do it.

        It’s not like the NBA is putting NSA surveillance on him. If Muhammed does not want to follow the rules of the NBA’s transition program, he can always retire from the NBA and find a regular paying job that does not ask him to go a couple nights without bringing unapproved guests into his hotel room.

      • Wammy Giveaway - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        @saadasme – For fear of sex and backdoor parties. The NBA thinks if a player brings in a girl, he would automatically have sex with her in the private rooms. It’s like an honor code. Remember when Brandon Davies was suspended from BYU years ago for breaking one of their honor codes – having sex?

        Personally, I am not a fan of all honor codes. But if they’re trying to teach us self control through restraint by certains guidelines to help us become better adults, then maybe the NBA is on to something.

  11. sportsfan18 - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Matt Barnes describes him as a “grown A$$ man” and then he says “keep ur head up boy”.

  12. 6stn - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Matt Barnes sounds like he acheived the same academic excellence as Marvin Barnes.

  13. mcglade1212 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Rules are rules this shouldn’t be a big issue.

    • saadasme - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Good job Sheep (mcglade1212). I’m going to take a nap now. Let me count mcglade1212 to fall a sleep. 1. mcglade1212…….2. mcglade1212……….3. mcglade1212……..zzzzzzzzz

      • impartialsportstalk - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Chill out you try hard. The NBA might be a child’s game, but it doesn’t pay child’s money. The fact that he couldn’t follow the basic rule goes to show how professional and mature he is. The NBA is a real business, not some 24/7 party!

  14. tomtravis76 - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    No need to crucify this young man for wanting to get laid. He broke a rule, that was set up to protect these guys. He will now have to make it up next year. This does not shed some light on his character, does not mean he is some angry young black man who disrespects authority…it means he is a 20 year old guy who probably met some smoking hot chick who was down for a good time.

  15. monkeyhateclean - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    The Holy Bible teaches that sex outside the marriage bed is a sin. I see no problem with shaming this young man, which he brought upon himself.

  16. jayrandle - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    If you know the rules of the NBARTP (cont)

    then you should know that is not the time or place for
    you to bring a ‘female friend’ (cont)

    The seminar is helping you to make good decisions
    during your upcoming NBA career and to make that
    decision dont look good because the meaning of the event (cont)

    I looks cooler when Matt Barnes say (cont) than if i do it huh?

    • bougin89 - Aug 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      He did that because his tweets were broken up into multiple tweets. People do that all the time on twitter if you need more than 140 characters…

  17. deefig - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    What a great role model for Shabazz to use starting out his NBA career

  18. dgforreal - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    If someone can’t follow the most basic rules then why would anyone trust them to follow the more complex ones?

    It’s not that difficult to understand.

  19. Advanced Strength Training Programs - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    What a dope. Think with your big head champ.

  20. jesweeney11 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    He is far from being crucified. Probably the worst reaction I read on here.

    So let me get this straight there is a seminar for rookies telling them of the trappings of their success and what to watch out for. One of those trappings is the woman who will be there for the picking. Therefore the NBA asks guys to take this serious and focus on the life lessons for a few days.

    Unless you own your own business you will always answer to someone. Regardless if you have a few mill in the bank.

    BWT, UCLA or not…Barnes is a TOOL.

  21. fotydaze - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    If it was Derek Fisher defending Shabaz then maybe but Matt Barnes? No thank you

  22. shag12 - Aug 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I’m a big fan of Matt, but in this case, the kids got to follow the rules. Another guy coming out of college early, thinking he’s the ish. How many of them wind-up broke an useless. Those rules are there for nothin’.

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