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Clippers’ Matt Barnes apologizes for ejection, twitter rant

Nov 14, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

Matt Barnes has apologized.

Wednesday night when the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin got tangled up, Barnes rushed to Griffin’s defense and shoved Ibaka. The result was an ejection and you can bet a suspension from the league will follow (Ibaka was ejected as well, Griffin got a technical).

That suspension for Barnes is going to be aggravated by what he tweeted after the game (and since deleted):


(Yes, that comes off as a frustrated shot at Griffin to me, too.)

Thursday Barnes took to twitter to apologize.

Barnes is the kind of guy you want on your team but hate to play against — feisty, committed, defends and is well liked in the locker room. Every team could use a guy like that. (I’ll admit my bias here, in my dealings with him he has been professional and thoughtful. I like him.)

All of that and the apology are great, but it’s not going to help him much when the league comes down on him.

  1. milkman1989 - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    As much as i hate to say it, for me it was a classic vet move and he helped his team turn the game. He made the 3rd best player on the opposing team who was 6-6 with 13 points in 16 minutes get ejected. Look at what Nene did against westbrook. Punk move by Barnes, but you cant argue it helped his team.

  2. JHathwell - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I like Barnes as a player and I would want him on my team. That said, he’s the dirtiest player in the NBA and has pulled all manner of cowardly stunts in his NBA career.

    • chicitybulls - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      I agree with your second sentence.

      • belleby123 - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        Yes, but is he also the dirtiest tweeter in the league?

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      I always get a good laugh out of the time he tried to ballfake Kobe and Kobe didn’t even flinch. Enjoyed Barnes on the Lakers, can’t stand him on other teams though. Guess he’s just one of those players.

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Barnes is to Kobe as cat meat is to sushi!

  3. boobcok - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Who the hell posted these screenshots out of order? It’s like a puzzle.

    • bjornreyes - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Damn it Kurt!

  4. bballhistorian - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    What Barnes said was said out of frustration…and the national media/league will come down on him hard (not a good look for nba).

    But to be realistic, I personally have no problem with what he said with the teammates part in his quote (more likely directed at Griffin). A general consensus around the league does feel that Blake is soft (remember Chauncey Billups quote over the summer) and that he allows other teams player to “punk him” at times/his demeanor. Blake does need to toughen up if he really wants to be one of the very best in the NBA, especially around playoff time.

    So no problems with what Barnes said here on my end.

  5. losanginsight - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    It’s an ugly word and black people should stop saying it or else no one ever will.

  6. lowtalker - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Is the NBA going to hire an atty to investigate the matter, like the NFL did when Incognito used the same word. Barnes can use that word but Incognito cannot? Maybe Blake Griffin is just as upset (or not) as Williams was by the use of that word.

  7. jerdogthompson - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:11 PM


    First of all, that statement is completely out of context relative to what happened in Miami. No comparison whatsoever period.

    Secondly, that’s how the brothers talk to each other and it’s their prerogative and theirs alone. He used the word with an “a”, had it been the one ending in “r” I could see an issue.

    Lastly, if you had a single ounce of history on Matt Barnes your feeble mind might begin to comprehend what he said was not mean spirited.

    Nothing to see here, MOVE ALONG.

    • tved12 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      This justification is the whole reason this issue still exists. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If it’s a bad word, it’s a bad word (which I believe). If it’s not, then why is one person being punished in the public court of opinion while the other is not?

      Based on what we’ve learned in the Miami story, it may have been used “light-heartedly” Are you ok with that now?

  8. balfe13 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    jerdogthompson, I’d like to introduce you to my friend: his name is “sarcasm.” Clearly you’ve never met.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      What a maroon!

      • spthegr8 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Ppl that live in glass houses, shouldn’t…….

  9. mackcarrington - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    If he was composed enough to pull out his phone and sit down and type that out, then he should have been composed enough to know how stupid it was going to look. Then he deletes it and apologizes. It shows how much “tweeting” has become second nature in todays world. Once upon a time a person may have verbally blurted out something in anger only to realize a second later they shouldn’t have said it. Now, a person will pull out his laptop, turn it on, log on to their twitter account, type something dumb. and THEN realize they shouldn’t have typed it. Gotta love life in the 21st century!

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      Loved life in the 20th century, too. Had a couple of half-decent players back then even if there was no social media. Charles Barkley was one of them.

  10. fearthehoody - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Get off Barne’s back! He could’ve meant he was tired of standing up for the people of Niger, Africa!

  11. huskerguy - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    What a bully!

  12. lowtalker - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    @ jerdogthompson

    apparently his language was inappropriate . . . . he apologized for using it and the NBA fined him for using it. Everyone else seems to think it was inappropriate.

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