Matt Barnes fined $25,000 by NBA for offensive language on Twitter, sources.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) November 14, 2013
After being ejected from the Clippers' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night (and grabbing his kid out of the stands!), Barnes did not censor himself as he vented his frustrations while the game was still going on:
Barnes since deleted it and apologized in a series of tweets for both the tweet and the incident that caused the ejection -- pushing Thunder big man Serge Ibaka in the chest following Ibaka getting tangled up with Clippers forward Blake Griffin.
"I'd like to take a second to apologize to the #LACorganization, my #Teammates & #CoachingStaff & the #ClipFans for my actions not only on the court, but off. I was completely wrong for pushing Ibaka & then for what I tweeted following the altercation. I've been doing this for to long to let my emotions get the best of me. My poor choice of words & timing do not reflect who or what I am about. It was very selfish on my part to make this situation about me instead of my teammates that fought their hearts out & earned a big win against a tough okc team.. Now I could have took the easy way out & said, "My twitter was hacked" but that's not what I'm about, I except [sic] full responsibility for all my inappropriate action last night & I am truly sorry!
Apparently the the apology was not enough to avoid a fine.