October 4th, 2012 by faye
As previous reports, Matt Barnes and the police officer clearly had a beef with each other. The same cop stopped the Los Angeles Clippers member before and waited almost two hours in a Manhattan Beach, California parking lot last July for Barnes to leave a restaurant after having dinner with his wife, “Basketball Wives” star Gloria Govan. The basketball player was arrested for driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest.
Barnes eventually pled no contest to misdemeanor interfering with a cop and driving while not in possession of a license. He got off with a fine and informal probation.
Matt Barnes concluded, “I hope that any and all offended parties can accept my sincerest apologies.”
Barnes’ reference during his arrest is said to have stemmed from his contention that the same police officer who had ticketed him before waited hours for him to leave a restaurant to arrest him for the third time.
“I couldn’t believe it was the same guy,” Matt Barnes told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Palmer after his arrest.
October 3rd, 2012 by faye
Media outlet TMZ was able to obtain the video of the cop arresting Los Angeles Clippers member Matt Barnes in Manhattan Beach, California — which clearly shows Barnes and the cop have beef with each other. There was even one point when a fuming mad barnes shouts a gay slur, “You’re the f**king fa**ot who followed me.”
According to reports, the incident occurred on July 30 outside a restaurant where Matt Barnes and his wife, “Basketball Wives” star Gloria Govan just finished dinner. Officer David Gibbons was waiting for two hours for the the basketball player to leave the restaurant.
When Matt Barnes emerged from the restaurant, officer David Gibbons told him that he was under arrest due to an outstanding warrant, driving on a suspended license. Barnes asked to see the warrant and Gibbons said he will see it when he gets in prison. Barnes said if Gibbons does not produce the warrant, he will leave.
The Los Angeles Clippers guard started to walk away and Gibbons ordered him to stop. Then, David Gibbons grabbed Matt Barnes, who said, “Touch me and see what happens.”
The moment Barnes called officer David Gibbons a bi***, the cop handcuffed the NBA star and in the process, Barnes tried to give his wife the car keys. Gibbons then grabbed the arm of Barnes and the basketball player pulled away. That was when the cop placed Barnes under felony arrest for resisting a police officer.
It seems like the warring men already have a history. TMZ reports that officer David Gibbons stopped Matt Barnes twice before. That was on May 19 when Gibbons impounded the vehicle of Matt Barnes because he was driving on a suspended license. The basketball player, whose ankle was injured, asked for a ride from the police officer, but Gibbons declined. Barnes angrily describes the incident on the tape of his July arrest.
As for the case, the District Attorney declined to file the felony resisting arrest charge against Barnes. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor interfering with a cop and driving while not in possession of a license.
August 31st, 2012 by faye
Former Los Angeles Lakers member Matt Barnes claims that there is one cop in Manhattan Beach, California who simply does not like him and targeted him for two hours back in July in an attempt to wreak havoc on the NBA star’s life.
According to reports, 32-year-old Matt Barnes – who is now a free agent — was hanging out at the beach on Wednesday night when he told media outlet TMZ, “Manhattan Beach doesn’t like me very much … I don’t know why they don’t like me, but they don’t like me.”
The basketball player was referencing an incident that happened back in July 30, when he was arrested by the police on an outstanding traffic warrant. Barnes claims that the arresting officer lurked near his vehicle for two hours on the night of the arrest just to make sure that he did not miss the chance to arrest the NBA star.
When Matt Barnes was asked if he thought he was being watched that night, he said, “Someone waits outside your car for two hours … I would say that’s watching.”
Barnes then explained that his beef is not with the whole Manhattan Beach Police Department, saying that he “loves” the cops and insists, “We’re not gonna let a couple of situations take us away from living our lives.”
As for the future of Matt Barnes in the National Basketball Association, he said that he is having talks with several teams, adding, “Hopefully we’ll get this arrest situation out of the way so I can go ahead and move forward with my career.”
August 10th, 2012 by faye
Matt Barnes, a former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, has been sued for $25,000 for allegedly rear-ending a vehicle during a March 2011 car accident on a Los Angeles freeway — which left a family inside the car suffering from several injuries.
According to report that cites the lawsuit, 32-year-old Matt Barnes allegedly hit the back of the car and caused multiple injuries to all four people inside the car, which included three minors. Now, the family that filed the lawsuit because of the car accident is seeking a minimum amount of $25,000 for all the medical bills and property damage caused by the NBA star.
This is not the first time Matt Barnes had a run-in with the law. Aside from the alleged car accident, previous reports have stated that last earlier in August, the basketball player was arrested in Manhattan Beach, California due to a $26,000 traffic warrant that was issued to him for driving with a suspended license. He was also charged for resisting arrest from the police officers.
Matt Barnes, who is now entering his tenth NBA season, averaged 7.8 points in 22 minutes per game last year for the Los Angeles Lakers.
After a college career at UCLA, Matt Barnes was a second-round draft choice of the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 NBA Draft. That summer, he was then traded that along with Nick Anderson to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Wesley Person, but was cut on October. He has since played for the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Phoenix Suns, the Sacramento Kings and the Orlando Magic.
He was traded by the Sacramento Kings halfway through the 2004–2005 season, along with Chris Webber to the Philadelphia 76ers, in exchange for Kenny Thomas, Corliss Williamson and Brian Skinner, though he never really suited up for a game with them due to knee tendinitis. Matt Barnes was waived and then signed a free agent contract with the New York Knicks in the 2005 NBA offseason. After playing six games, he was waived by the New York Knicks during the 2005–2006 season. Matt Barnes was then claimed by the Philadelphia 76ers to serve a second stint, where he finished out the season.
July 31st, 2012 by faye
Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes has been arrested by the authorities due to his outstanding traffic warrant — and for reportedly mouthing off to the arresting police officer.
According to reports from law enforcement sources, 32-year-old Matt Barnes was arrested by the police in Manhattan Beach, California for a misdemeanor traffic warrant, and that he resisted the arresting police officer. Reports say that Barnes has been booked by the Manhattan Beach Police Department for his traffic violation and for resisting an executive officer — a felony.
Sources said that the NBA star was walking in Manhattan around 8:30 in the evening when he was first approached by Manhattan Beach Police Department. When the police officers ran a check on him, they discovered that Matt Barnes has an outstanding $26,000 unpaid traffic warrant for driving on a suspended license.
Matt Barnes reportedly made threats against one of the police officers — the reason why he was also hit with the felony for resisting arrest.
The basketball player is held on $51,000 bail — 26 of which is his unpaid traffic warrant.
Media outlet TMZ tried reaching out to the Los Angeles Lakers team for comment, but so far they haven’t heard back yet.