Matt Barnes, one of the most volatile and unpredictable players in the NBA, has been suspended following an altercation with a player. That may be the least surprising statement written about the 2015-2016 season all year.
The Grizzlies forward, who’d already been suspended once this season for an off-season altercation with former Knicks coach Derek Fisher, has been suspended by the league for one game–tonight’s Grizzlies vs Clippers contest–for attempting to enter the Milwaukee Bucks locker room after a verbal altercation with Bucks forward John Henson.
If you haven’t seen what transpired when Memphis visited the Bucks Thursday night, after an emphatic block of Matt Barnes’ shot by John Henson, Henson taunted Barnes, and was promptly ejected from the game after receiving his second technical. After pleading his own technical foul case with nearby referees, Barnes, just a couple minutes after Henson jogged off the court, went jogging into the tunnel, presumably to confront Henson (Barnes was not ejected from the game). Reports began leaking out Friday afternoon that Barnes did at one point try to enter the Bucks locker room, and those reports have all but been validated by the punishments the league has handed out today.
In addition to Barnes, Henson’s teammates Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe and Greivis Vasquez have been fined for the roles they played in Thursday night’s raucous.
No Matt Barnes tonight against the Clippers – suspended one game pic.twitter.com/gjP70Co6By
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 19, 2016