Did you see Matt Barnes get ejected from the Thunder/Clippers game last night? If not, it was one of the strangest (and softest!) ejections that you'll ever see (you can check it out over here). Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin got tangled up on a play, Ibaka shoved Griffin, and then Barnes came to Griffin's aid and shoved Ibaka back. And for that, Barnes got thrown out of the game. It's clear that the NBA is trying to send a message to players and let them know that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated. But Barnes definitely did not deserve to get thrown out of the game for what he did.
Barnes did make an early exit, though, and he apparently spent the second half of the game thinking about his role on the Clippers. Specifically, he sent out a tweet during the third quarter of the game—yes, he was tweeting while the game was still going on!—about how he's not going to protect his teammates anymore during games. He has since deleted the tweet (good idea, Matt!), but he made it very clear that he is not going to get ejected again and face a fine from the NBA in order to stand up for someone else on the Clippers.
"I love my teammates like family," he wrote in the tweet, "but I'm DONE standing up for these niggas! All this shit does is cost me money…"
It's pretty obvious that Barnes was frustrated when he sent out the tweet. But was he frustrated at the ejection or one of his teammates? Either way, he can probably expect two fines—one for the ejection and one for the tweet—any minute now.
[via Sheridan Hoops]