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NYPD looking to question Matt Barnes over allegations he hit girlfriend

December 6, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NYPD looking to question Matt Barnes over allegations he hit girlfriend

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The NYPD is looking to interview NBA player Matt Barnes after allegations surfaced that he choked a woman inside of a swanky Manhattan nightclub on early Monday morning.

The 36-year-old Sacramento Kings small forward allegedly attacked the woman during a dispute at Avenue nightclub in the Meatpacking District after the Kings lost their game to the Knicks, according to TMZ.

Barnes, who is a father of two, then reportedly punched two people who attempted to intervene.

Sources told TMZ that authorities were dispatched to the club just after midnight.

However, Barnes had already left the establishment.

In a video recorded after the altercation, he and his crew seem to be discussing the fight.

“Matt hit the s*** out of this n****!” one individual is heard stating in the video released by TMZ.

Additionally, this is not the first public fight for the Kings basketball player.

Matt Barnes infamously fought over his former wife, Gloria Govan, with her new boyfriend, Derek Fisher, an ex-Knicks coach.

He supposedly drove 95 miles to “beat the s*** out of” Govan’s new love interest when he found out about the relationship last year, according to the New York Post.

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Govan, who acquired her fame after appearing on the show “Basketball Wives LA,” is the mother of Barnes’ twin boys, Isaiah and Carter.

Alex Spiro, the lawyer for Matt Barnes said in an interview with USA Today: “We continue to cooperate fully with the authorities.”

His publicist told TMZ that Barnes was acting in self-defense after he “butt bumped” a woman at the club at a table next to the one he was sharing with his teammate DeMarcus Cousins.

Barnes’ rep insists that the woman slapped him across the face and was at fault for the altercation, TMZ reported.

The player said he got knocked to the ground during the argument and that a man started to choke him.

“We do not believe a crime was committed and are hopeful no charges will be pressed,” the attorney told TMZ.

Barnes denied responsibility for the brawl on Instagram.

“There’s always two sides to a story,” he wrote. “The side the media consistently tries to paint of me… and what actually happened! Don’t believe everything you read.”

The Kings also released a statement, that said: “We have clear standards of conduct and behavior expected of the entire Kings organization – on and off the court. We are working with all parties involved to gather information to take any appropriate next steps.”

The expensive celebrity hotspot is the same nightclub that previously banned troubled star Lindsay Lohan, who was taken into custody back in 2012 for sucker-punching a psychic inside.

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