Barnes told reporters Saturday before Memphis’s game against the New York Knicks “violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is.” Barnes made the comment in reference to his off-season incident with Knicks coach Derek Fisher, in which Barnes reportedly punched Fisher in the face.
Fisher was at the home of Barnes’ ex-wife when the altercation occurred.
Barnes was suspended two games for the incident earlier this season. He recently filed a grievance with the NBA in an attempt to recoup the salary he lost from the suspension.
Barnes scored two points in a Grizzlies win over the Knicks on Saturday.