In Defense of Matt Barnes

I don’t like Matt Barnes. I should. He’s from Sacramento, he’s multiracial, his name’s Matt, and he’s played for the Kings and Warriors. But aside from my sophomore year in high school when we literally rooted for him against our own varsity team in our own gym, I’ve never really cheered for him. Simply put, I’m not a fan.

When I saw the news this morning that Barnes was arrested last night for domestic violence, my gut reaction was “not surprising.” However, after reading some other gut reactions from others online, I had to put assumptions aside and give him the benefit of the doubt. Sure, he’s 6’7″ with a crazy haircut, lots of tattoos and half-black, but that doesn’t automatically make him a wife-beater. Like he tweeted, “9 times out of 10 the man gets arrested.” Ask any police officer, they’ll openly tell you. If the woman has a single mark, whether it be a bloody knuckle from punching the guy or a scraped leg from tripping over the futon while chasing him with a knife (these are both real life examples I’ve heard of), the man is going to jail. Many people scoffed at his text saying he was the victim. They said “sure, a 6’7″ guy was the victim.”  Well, being the victim doesn’t mean he lost a fight, it just means he was the one who was attacked. It’s amazing how in the land of ‘guilty until proven innocent,’ domestic violence crimes don’t apply. Matt Barnes will forever be considered a wife beater, while Ben Roethlisberger and Kobe Bryant have never really been considered rapists. You tell me which is worse.

So ultimately, I don’t know if Matt Barnes is innocent here, but let’s put snap judgments aside. He may be a loose cannon on the basketball court, but it doesn’t mean he would put his hands on a woman. If there’s one thing people close to him will vouch for, it’s that he was very close to his mother, who passed away a few years back. I’ve got to believe he was raised better. That’s not to say I’ll be surprised if it turns out he beat the hell out of this girl, but until that day, I think the guy deserves a break. I think we’re more likely to see the charges dropped, and he’ll be riding around Sac in an Indy Car rather than posting up at 651 I Street.

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2 responses to “In Defense of Matt Barnes

  • chappy81

    Unfortunately, he’s already guilty on TMZ, Deadspin, and all the other sites that people get their crap from. I have to agree though he loved his mom. He was torn up the season she died, so that alone makes this situation much harder to believe…

  • tophatal

    mceezy/ chappy

    Another athlete beatin’ up on their spouse or girlfriend ? Isn’t this par for the course ? Maywearther’s ex has filed a civil lawsuit in Vegas charging him with domestic violence. And now all we await is for the next shoe to drop .

    Less we forget about Mayweather also and his racist rant against Pacquaio ? Now none other than Shane Mosley is coming to his defense saying ……” the boxer isn’t a racist but that it was merely Floyd being Floyd “. My answer to that is Floyd go fu_k yourself and the horse you rode in on !

    Courtesy of USA Today

    Is Floyd Mayweather going off the rails?

    Floyd Mayweather could have been in the news talking about his preparation for the fight of the century with Manny Pacquiao.

    But that fight didn’t come off and Pacquiao has moved onto Antonio Margarito and Mayweather seems to be moving onto trouble.

    The latest is being sought for questioning by the Las Vegas police about a domestic battery complaint made by an ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, who is the mother of his three children.

    “She alleges he hit her. We’re looking for him to get his side of the story,” said Officer Barbara Morgan, a Las Vega police spokeswoman. “We’re looking to talk to him as a potential suspect.”

    Harris made a similar claim in 2005 before recanting.

    Mayweather’s attorney Richard Wright said his client would cooperate as “required by law.”

    The incident is the latest in a bad month for the undefeated boxer.
    Click on link to read article in full.

    tophatal …………… 🙂

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