The Los Angeles Lakers’ new signee, guard Matt Barnes, was arrested in Sacramento on Wednesday (September 8) on suspicion of domestic violence, reports ESPN.
Sacramento County authorities say deputies arrested the 30-year-old NBA player after responding to what was termed an “incomplete 911 call” from a home around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the report, police said both Barnes and the woman had visible injuries, but after determining he had been the primary aggressor, he was taken into custody.
Although the woman’s name was not released at press time, it was believed to be his girlfriend “who lived with him and with whom he had a dating relationship.”
Barnes was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence and maliciously obstructing the use of a telephone line.
He posted a $50,000 bond and was released. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court Monday (September 13).
Following the arrest, Barnes told ABC News 10: “U know any domestic violence situation 9 outa 10 times the man gets arrested. That’s the case here I was the victim but still got arrested. No matter what I say people are gonna think what they want…”
On his Twitter page (@Matt_Barnes22), he addd this:”DON’T LET YOUR EARS WITNESS, WHAT YOUR EYES DIDN’T SEE!!!”
The Lakers signed Barnes this off-season to a two-year deal, reportedly worth $3.6 million.