Report: Matt Barnes Accused of Choking a Woman Inside Nightclub

by December 05, 2016

Update (December 5): A rep for Barnes says that the NBA player was acting in self-defense and that a woman at a neighboring table slapped him in the face when he accidentally “butt bumped” a woman.

From TMZ:

A rep for the NBA star tells us … Barnes was having a good time at Avenue Nightclub with his teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, when he went to sit at his VIP booth and accidentally “butt bumped” a woman who was at the next booth over.


Barnes claims the woman reacted by slapping him in the face, hard — and that’s when all hell broke loose.


Barnes claims the woman’s crew — which included several men — jumped in and began to get violent. Barnes was knocked to the ground in the melee and one of the men began to choke him.

Barnes’ lawyer, Alex Spiros, says his client is “cooperating fully with authorities.”

Original Story: Matt Barnes is reportedly wanted by the NYPD for questioning, after allegedly choking a woman inside Avenue Nightclub in NYC early Monday morning.

Barnes and Sacramento teammate DeMarcus Cousins hit the town after the Kings lost 106-98 to the Knicks last night.

In the clip above, Boogie can be heard bragging about Barnes hitting someone inside the joint.

Per the NY Post:

Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes is wanted for questioning for allegedly choking a woman at a New York nightspot early Monday, law enforcement sources said.


Witnesses told the NYPD that Barnes also punched another woman and a man who tried to intervene at Avenue nightclub about 3:20 a.m., sources said.


Two of the alleged victims were treated for minor injuries at Lenox Hill Hospital, sources said.