Matt Barnes serves one-game suspension for summer league scrap
San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am director Jon Greenberg told the San Francisco Chronicle in an email that Barnes took a swing at East Bay's Dillon Sabia, an action Greenberg deemed to be unsportsmanlike conduct. Sabia was also handed a one-game suspension but it will be served in a future season because his team has already been eliminated from postseason play.
"His actions will not be tolerated," Greenberg wrote in the email to the Chronicle regarding Barnes. "Any further altercations will result in suspension from the league."
KGO-TV first reported that Barnes had punched an opposing player in the face in a Pro-Am game Thursday, but officials didn't notice the incident and therefore, didn't eject him. Barnes has declined to comment other than to tell ESPN.com's Diamong Leung that Safia "elbowed me and pushed me, so he got one."
"People come out here and think they can beat and push on me," Barnes said. "There's only so much I'm going to take."
This isn't the first time Barnes has been involved in a physical altercation on the court. He drew a one-game suspension last season for his involvement in an on-court scuffle in a game against Dallas. In that contest, Barnes shoved Mavericks guard Jason Terry after Terry had pushed Lakers guard Steve Blake to the floor. When Dallas assistant Terry Stotts wrapped his arms around Barnes from behind, Barnes pushed the Mavericks coach aside and knocked him into the courtside seats. Also, during last summer's Pro-Am, Barnes slapped an opposing team's assistant coach after a brief verbal exchange.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes is no stranger to on-court altercations. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press