Clippers' Matt Barnes apologizes for Twitter rant

Thursday November 14th, 2013

Clippers forward Matt Barnes(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Clippers forward Matt Barnes is averaging 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds this season. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes apologized via social media Thursday for his rant after being ejected from last night's 111-103 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After he was tossed, Barnes tweeted during the third quarter, "I love my teammates like family, but I'm DONE standing up for these n----s! All this s--- does is cost me money. …" The tweet was later deleted.

Barnes and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka were ejected with 6.2 seconds left in the second quarter after Ibaka and Clippers forward Blake Griffin got tangled up as Griffin attempted a shot. Griffin was assessed a technical foul on the play.

"I think he's very emotional and down that he got thrown out," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Barnes' online outburst. "I get that part, but the choice of words, obviously that's not a word I'm a fan of in all venues."

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