NBA's Barnes allegedly resists arrest

July 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM
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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., July 31 (UPI) -- Well-traveled NBA player Matt Barnes faced a felony charge in California Tuesday after allegedly resisting when police arrested him on a traffic warrant.

A Manhattan Beach police officer who knew there was an outstanding traffic warrant out against Barnes took the 32-year-old former Los Angeles Laker into custody about 8:30 p.m. Monday as he walked on Manhattan Beach Boulevard, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported.

The traffic warrant was for $26,000 in unpaid fines for driving on a suspended license, the entertainment news Web site reported.

A felony charge was added after Barnes allegedly resisted arrest and threatened the officer. Police did not provide details about the alleged threat, KTLA-TV said.

Barnes was held on $26,000 bond on the traffic warrant and $25,000 on the felony charge.

The 6-foot-7 forward played for the Lakers from 2010-2012, but currently is not employed by any NBA team. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds last season, slightly above his career averages of 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Since being picked by Memphis in the second round of the 2002 NBA draft out of UCLA, Barnes has played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento, New York, Philadelphia, Golden State, Phoenix, Orlando and the Lakers.

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