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Prosecutors delay Matt Barnes' court date to Oct. 18

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Lakers forward Matt Barnes and his fiancee, Gloria Govan, appeared in a Sacramento courtroom Monday after his arrest Wednesday on a domestic violence charge. But prosecutors are delaying the hearing until Oct. 18 so they have time to determine whether to bring charges against Barnes, according to Sacramento's KXTV-TV.

Sacramento County Deputy Dist. Atty. Paul Durenberger and Barnes' lawyer, Tom Johnson, disagreed on what to make of the postponement, with Durenberger telling KXXV-TV in Sacramento, "We do it all the time," while Johnson said, "It's atypical." Nonetheless, Johnson expressed gratitude for the delay: "We applaud the decision to do some more investigation and to look thoughtfully and carefully at this decision. We feel fortunate that they've come to the conclusion at this point that there isn't probable cause to charge" Barnes.

That means Barnes will begin training camp Sept. 25 with his case unsettled. The hearing also will coincide with the Lakers' preseason, which include games Oct. 16, 17 and 19, making it possible Barnes' case looms over the team and becomes a distraction. Nonetheless, The Times' T.J. Simers rightfully took a few Laker fans to task in a recent column. He cited a few reactions in the comments section under Mark Heisler's story that centered more on the team rather than the severity of domestic violence.

So far, Barnes has maintained his innocence. He texted to KXTV, "I was the victim but still got arrested. He wrote on his Twitter account, "DON'T LET YOUR EARS WITNESS, WHAT YOUR EYES DIDN'T SEE!!!" And he also shared via Twitter that he and his sons, Isiah and Carter, are learning the triangle offense with him, a nugget Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin said serves as an effort for Barnes to portray himself as a family man. Meanwhile, Heisler noted Govan's statement that absolved Barnes of any wrongdoing: "This is a situation that has been blown out of proportion," Govan said. "Any accusations of domestic violence are false. My fiance, Matt Barnes, has never physically abused me or my family."

More facts will come out once Barnes' arraignment begins, but everyone should avoid the temptation to view this case solely through the prism of the trial's outcome and how it affects the Lakers. Those are two legitimate story lines and they surely will be covered in this blog and in other publications, but let's not lose perspective. What matters first and foremost should involve justice prevailing and making sure Barnes and Govan properly resolve any situation.

--Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Matt Barnes' court date has been postponed to Oct. 18. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press

 

 
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MM

"More facts will come out once Barnes' trial begins, but everyone should avoid the temptation to view this case solely through the prism of the trial's outcome and how it affects the Lakers."

Don't assume that there will be a trial. The arraignment itself is delayed until 10/18, meaning that the charges could be dropped before he even enters his not guilty plea. If the DA doesn't have enough evidence to convict him, they won't bother with the case at all.

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I don't know what will come of this situation with Matt & his fiance, (I suspect that no charges will be brought), but I do know that they need to think long and hard before deciding to get married. Their relationship appears to be very volatile.

I would be very surprised if this case makes it past a grand jury. My guess is that there will be no trial come 10/18.

If she says he did not do anything than the case should be dropped. If she is covering for Barnes, than he should be thankful, get therapy, and straighten out this part of his life.

Since Gloria is not interested in filing charges, then there is no case. Give the benefit of doubt to Matt Barnes, let this one fly away but the impression is there. Silly mischievousness should also stop here. A true professional is conscious of his work and also does it for the welfare of his family. What he does in personal life also affect his professional standing. You can't be good in your defense man in b'ball and offensive tackle to a girlfriend. Matt, since you chose to be a Laker, then the road to maturity starts from here.

What matters first and foremost should involve justice prevailing and making sure Barnes and Govan properly resolve any situation.

--Mark Medina

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Now that is the truth. That is what counts.

Amazing if true.
Posted by: Otis | September 13, 2010 at 11:52 PM
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NBA and music...where amazing happens.

Good morning Laker blog crue!

Bummer this couldn't get resolved but so be it. Counting down days to camp, then preseason. News like this is too negative for me. I just hope they work it out and justice prevails.

Cheers all - PLG

Not to dismiss the seriousness of possible domestic violence, but I wonder if someone in the Sacramento D.A.'s office is a Kings fan trying to help the hometown team... OTOH, Ms. Govan's statement sounds fishy, based on the information reported, so far.

Wow where is everyone today?

KobeMVP888 - You're right. That's my mistake. I made the correction

I don't know...but it is getting kind of lonely here

So I apologize but again please don't act like a policeman around us.

Posted by: KB Blitz | September 13, 2010 at 10:44 PM
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You're absolutely right and I apologize to you for acting this way. My perception of this was that LakerTom, who I see as a very good man, was being tag teamed, so as you adeptly pointed out I assumed the role of his tag team partner because my views on Bynum are also optimistic although I think I keep them in the right perspective. You and hobbitmage are very bright, astute fans who I look forward to enjoying the season with. With the exception of Bynum, I notice that you see things pretty much the same way I do, which is refreshing.

So that's it. I sincerely apologize and I'm sorry for causing any problems. Let's get this thing!

Go Lakers! #17 coming up STRONG!!!

'...but everyone should avoid the temptation to view this case solely through the prism of the trial's outcome and how it affects the Lakers'

On the contrary Mark. You have just described how this case should be viewed on both counts on this board.

'What matters first and foremost should involve justice prevailing and making sure Barnes and Govan properly resolve any situation'

We live in a society where we accept the outcome of a trial as justice prevailing, and if not, there are appeals.

As to your other assertion that what should matter 'first and foremost' involves Barnes and Goven personally, I am in agreement with you.

But none of that is really any of our business. We only think it is.

Don't let this board Nanny stuff go to your head, Mark.

Go Sacramento Kings of Basketball!

Sonnybelfast

Sorry, Mark, but both Simers and Plashke are faux moralists pretending to be sportswriters. And do me a favor. Next time you see Simers, tell him that I agree, San Diego is not a "big-time" city, having not nearly as many gang-related homicides over the last few decades. To borrow from Simers, just thought we'd keep things "in perspective". As I said, faux moralists.

Almost forgot, but nice DV link. Mom kissing the child. When she isn't beating him. Or didn't you know that the majority of child abusers are women and the male child is abused more often than his female sibling? By the way, there's a study from our friends up there in Alberta that prints out at just under 3 inches thick that refutes as well the claim that women are more the victim. Sorry, faux moralists (and those with an agenda), but the women of Alberta admit that they beat as much as they are beaten. To their credit, at least they were honest. Can't that say about the faux moralists (and those with an agenda).

As a graduate of Paramount High School back in the day, I fondly recall the words of a song written by someone who attended our old 'Coast League' rival, Downey High School.

'We've Only Just Begun'

While watching Kevin Durant at the FIBA World Championships, those words frequently came to mind, and I was reminded just how good the Thunder are going to be this season. Here is a man who is likely to win several NBA MVPs.

You better hope that the league has something else up their sleeves for you besides absolutely bare minimum back-to-backs. There is no way you'll even get to Miami without home court advantage.

What the heck. You had a great run. Better start worrying about the Clips.

Go Sacramento Kings of Basketball!
Go Niners!
Go Giants! Beat LA! Beat LA! Beat the Dodgers!
Go Manny, go!

Sonnybelfast


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Regarding Matt Barnes...
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I'm going to say this and I hope Mark actually posts this, because my last similarly worded posts were not posted, but this is important.
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Let me state first that I am in no ways in favor of physical abuse in a relationship. That's simply not cool.
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But there has been a sea-change in our society, starting with the Phil Donahue Show eventually mutating into Jerry Springer and now reality television (which is the Devil, I might add).
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Exhibitionism and a complete lack of emotional restraint has become the norm. This Generation Y is totally screwed. They've had too much abundance and they respond to crisis like they're on The Jersey Shore.
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I don't know what happened between Matt Barnes and his fiance, but if he's being honest, he needs to dump that woman. It's become en vogue to have emotional freakouts that result in physical violence and that is not cool whether it be a man OR A WOMAN... and too many women right now think it's okay to act like a fricken diva when they don't get their way and break out into uncontrolled histrionics. It's not good.
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End rant.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K - I hadn't approved your other remarks because some of them were over the top. Your commentary on the issue in general is understandable. I think it's premature to analyze their specific situation though. Let the facts come out and the truth will emerge

MM

MM - who's the guy that's always posting that link to 'sportscomplainer' or whatever? It's always the same post but a different handle....

I would be very surprised if this case makes it past a grand jury. My guess is that there will be no trial come 10/18.
Posted by: Jefe101 | September 14, 2010 at 08:14 AM

[Jefe101, I agree with what you say and I think the case will be dropped based on the evidence as I know it. If more evidence is out there then a case can be sent to trial. Maybe some one with criminal attorney or prosecuter can verify this. I think a law exists that a domestic abuse case can be sent to trial even if victim recants or does not co-opperate. They would need some hard core evidence to do this and IMO they don’t.]

If she says he did not do anything than the case should be dropped. If she is covering for Barnes, than he should be thankful, get therapy, and straighten out this part of his life.
Posted by: Keep It Real | September 14, 2010 at 08:30 AM
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[Keep It Real, lacking evidence or co-operation IMO based on what I have heard. Based on that assumption I think no trial beyond hearing.
I agree he should get therapy based on his history of violent behavior and should straighten out this part of his life for his/her and the childrens sake.]


What exactly is 'over the top' Mark?

Is it something vulgar, physically threatening, or illegal? Did Jon say he was going to blow something up, or just tell someone they are an idiot?

If it wasn't any of those things, then I would personally find it hard to swallow that you censored him, or even that this is happening, in a public forum,
in the USA.

Yes it's true. The nanny whimps asked for it.

Yea. You know who you are. Go get your nanny so you don't get lost,
right now.

I'm a U.S. veteran in a foreign land, and sometimes I feel like I've escaped
the tyranny of America, thanks to many of you.

Sonnybelfast

Despite Barnes' fiancee claim he was innocent, the DA may still chooses to charge him if enough evidence warrants it; unfortunately that is the law. However, hopefully he won't be charged.

Facts:

1) Phones don't dial 911 by themselves.
2) There was evidence of violence.
3) The situation was domestic in nature.

Therefore, there was domestic violence. Anyone who claims to the contrary is lying, in this case to avoid prosecution of some sort.

A crime was committed.
An immoral act was also committed.
A cover-up is in the works.
Reporters cannot help themselves, so this will be a distraction to some degree.
Barne's wife is doing a disservice to Women's civil liberties with her statement regardless of who the primary aggressor was. She is in effect telling women it is OK to be complicit in the cover up if enough money is involved.

Sux.

--FEARless

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