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Matt Barnes has been having a rough few months and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. This past weekend the NBA fined the veteran forward $35,000 after he stated that “sometimes” violence is the answer when talking about his altercation with Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. Via Commercial Appeal:
Before the game, Barnes had plenty to say.
“Every man who looks at the situation knows what’s right and wrong,” Barnes said at the Grizzlies’ shootaround. “Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is. … I just don’t like him, plain and simple. He knows I don’t like him.”
The NBA released a statement on Barnes comments and explained the fine. Via NBA:
The NBA has fined Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes $35,000 for making “inappropriate public comments” condoning violence.
The fine was announced Sunday, a day after Memphis beat the Knicks 103-95 in the teams’ first meeting since the league suspended Barnes for two games for fighting with New York coach Derek Fisher in October.
NBA vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe says in a statement: “Matt Barnes’ comments condoning violence do not reflect who we are as a league or the character of our players. His words are unacceptable and entirely inconsistent with the core principles of this game and the NBA.”