Matt Barnes Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

by September 09, 2010

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

The newest Los Angeles Laker is in some hot legal water, following an arrest on domestic violence charges.

Barnes was booked in Sacramento after a physical confrontation between Barnes and a woman he lives with allegedly took place.

KCRA in Sacramento has the report:

Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies say Los Angeles Lakers player Matt Kelly Barnes was arrested on domestic violence charges. Officials said deputies responded to an incomplete 911 call from a residence located in the 8100 block of Sunset Avenue at 4:16 p.m. Wednesday where they met with 30-year-old Matt Kelly Barnes and a woman who he lived with and had a dating relationship.

Deputies said they determined the two were involved in a physical confrontation during which Barnes prevented the woman from talking to 911 operators. Furthermore, while both parties had visible injuries, Barnes was determined to be the primary aggressor and taken into custody, officials said.

After posting a $50,000 bond and getting released from jail, Barnes went on the offensive, in an attempt to clear his name in the court of public opinion.

He tweeted his side of the story (in all caps) and also sent a text message to News 10:


“U know any domestic violence situation 9 outa 10 times the man gets arrested. That’s the case here I was the victim but still got arrested. No matter what I say people are gonna think what they want…”

The Lakers have yet to comment on the arrest.