Report: Kings' Barnes accused of choking woman at NYC nightclub

Monday December 5th, 2016

The New York City Police Department is looking to question Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes concerning an incident at an NYC nightclub early Monday morning, according to multiple media outlets.

The incident was first reported by TMZ.com.

Barnes is accused of choking a woman during an argument at the club. Barnes then allegedly punched another woman and a man who attempted to break up the fight.

In the video posted on TMZ, Barnes is seen leaving the scene with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins can be heard on the video referencing the fight. 

A representative for Barnes told TMZ that he was defending himself from attackers while at the club.

"We do not believe a crime was committed and are hopeful no charges will be pressed," Barnes' attorney Alex Spiro told the website.

The incident occurred hours after the Kings were in town to play the New York Knicks. Barnes played 17 minutes in the 106–98 loss, scoring two points on 1–11 shooting.

Barnes, 36, is in his 14th NBA season and in his second stint with the Kings. He spent a portion of the 2004–05 season with the team.

The NBA suspended Barnes two games last season after an altercation with former New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

Barnes was also fined $15,000 for directing inappropriate language toward game officials during a loss to the Miami Heat last month.

- Scooby Axson

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