Matt Barnes might be in some hot water following an alleged assault that took place at New York city nightclub last week.
The New York Daily news is reporting that the NYPD is closing in on arresting Barnes for the incident.
Via NY Daily News
Cops are closing in on arresting NBA player Matt Barnes for assaulting a woman during a raucous brawl at a Chelsea nightclub, sources said Friday.
Barnes, 36, and fellow Sacramento King player DeMarcus Cousins, 26, have been under investigation for their role in the fight early Monday at the swanky Avenue nightclub on 10th Ave. near W. 17th St.
“They’ve got enough to charge Barnes with an assault on a woman,” a police source said. “It will probably be a misdemeanor assault on one of the females who was pushed or choked or sustained some sort of injury. She’s obviously cooperating.”
Not only is Barnes being accused of choking his 26-year-old girlfriend at the club but he’s also being accused of beating on a couple that tried to intervene.
Jasmine Besiso, 26, and her boyfriend, Myrone Powell, 35, filed a federal lawsuit against Barnes and Cousins on Thursday. Besiso claims Barnes choked her into unconsciousness.
Powell had two black eyes when he appeared at a press conference announcing the suit Thursday. His lawyer Michael Lamonsoff claims Cousins sucker-punched Powell in the side of his head. Powell was then stomped and hit by Barnes and other members of his entourage, according to the lawyer.
Besiso and Powell said they were sitting in a table next to the Barnes and Cousins group when Besiso noticed some kind of altercation between Barnes and another woman, believed to be Barnes’ girlfriend, and got up to leave.
Besiso claims that Barnes suddenly appeared and began choking her, Lamonsoff said Thursday.
Powell tried to intervene and was slammed in the head by the 7-foot, 300-pound Cousins, and then attacked more while he was on the ground, according to the lawyer’s account.
A day after the accusation, Barnes took to Instagram to downplay is his role in the incident.
Barnes has always been a loose cannon but we have to allow the police to complete their investigation before rushing to judgement.