Matt Barnes accuses NBA of unequal punishment practices

Stephen Dunn

Matt Barnes has never been shy about voicing his opinion, and he let the NBA have it for its handling of the Serge Ibaka flagrant foul.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes took to Twitter to let his displeasure be known about the NBA's handling of the Serge Ibaka-Blake Griffin altercation after Ibaka intentionally hit Griffin in the groin area during Sunday's game.

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Barnes posted several messages on the social media platform that accused the league of hypocrisy in its handling of what was a blatant violation of league rules and likely did warrant a harsher punishment than a flagrant one foul call. Barnes cited himself and Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace as players who would receive harsher penalties if they were the offenders in a similar situation.

LeBron James also took up for the cause, saying that Dwyane Wade's suspension last season for a similar offense was a harsher penalty than what Ibaka received.

Barnes has received multiple suspensions over the course of his career for a litany of offenses. He was most recently given a one-game suspension for a flagrant two foul against Minnesota Timberwolves Greg Stiemsma in February. The league also suspended him one game in November for an offseason arrest.

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