Matt Barnes suspended for Clippers' season opener vs Grizzlies

Thursday November 1st, 2012

Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers has been suspended by the NBA for one game after pleading "nolo contendre" in September to a misdemeanor for "resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer in the discharge of his duties," according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Barnes was arrested in Manhattan Beach, Calif. in July on suspicion of threatening a public official, which carries a felony charge. But the district attorney's office in Los Angeles County ended up filing a lesser charge of a misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident in which Barnes, 32, was approached on foot by a police officer who knew that he already had an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor traffic violation. He had been given a $26,000 traffic warrant for driving with a suspended license and had also resisted arrest. That same summer, Barnes had a $25,000 lawsuit brought against him for rear-ending a car in March 2011.

The Clippers, who signed the small forward in September, tip-off their season on Halloween at home against the Memphis Grizzlies. Barnes will not be active for the game but will be allowed to resume playing with the team on Nov. 1. Barnes had previously spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds last season.

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