Matt Barnes Fined $35K For Comments About Derek Fisher

By Staff  |  01/18/2016

Matt Barnes

Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his "inappropriate" comments about his former friend.

The Grizzlies earned a 103-95 win over the Knicks on Saturday, and while the two didn't interact during the game, Barnes talked about Fisher in the days leading up to the game, some of which he was punished for by the league.

"Matt Barnes' comments condoning violence do not reflect who we are as a league or the character of our players," said Kiki VanDeWeghe, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations. "His words are unacceptable and entirely inconsistent with the core principles of this game and the NBA."

Barnes and Fisher were involved in an off-the-court altercation centered around Barnes' estranged wife back in October. Barnes was suspended for two games earlier this year for the incident.

"I don't regret it. Like, man to man knows who's wrong and who's right. The NBA decided to step in and did what they did. But it is what it is," Barnes said of the incident.