Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers has taken to social media to lash out at the NBA for what he perceives as unfair treatment.
The NBA fined the forward $25,000 for directing "inappropriate language" toward a fan during the Clippers recent road game against the Phoenix Suns. The incident took place in the second quarter of the Clippers' 120-100 blowout win.
This is the second time already this season that Barnes has been hit with the punishment having been fined the same amount for shouting abuse at a fan last December, but this time he feels the NBA are in the wrong - arguing his side of the story in a series of tweets.
Barnes isn't denying that he used inappropriate language during the game, but he is strongly refuting the idea that he was the instigator - instead pointing the finger of blame at the Phoenix Suns owner.
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It isn't clear what words were exchanged but judging by the hit to Barnes' bank balance it can't have been particularly pretty.
The player though, who has started in 41 of his 43 appearances for the Clippers so far this season, doesn't seem fazed by the outcome.
Focus on the court
Barnes may feel hard done by in this case but repeat offenders in the NBA are always going to struggle to avoid fines. Passion is something to be admired but there are ways of directing it to aid production rather than lashing out at onlookers.
When he has been focussing on the on-court action the veteran has been in fairly good form.
In a season where Barnes is averaging his most minutes ever in the NBA (28.6) he is hitting 9.8 ppg and 3.6 rebounds per game - solid numbers that have helped the LA Clippers reach fourth spot in the Western Conference.
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