Over at Bleacher Report, Matt Barnes released a lengthy statement about his Wednesday-night ejection and the controversial tweet that followed. Click here to read the whole piece. Here is an excerpt:
I have gotten into altercations with other guys that I’m friends with or that I’m cool with, and after the game we either shake hands or a phone call would take place. But I don’t like Serge Ibaka, so I wouldn’t apologize to him. That’s just someone I don’t like.
But I own up to what I tweeted, and it wasn’t right. It was in the heat of the moment, and I really didn’t think things fully through. As soon as I sent it, once I started driving home, I’m like, “That’s probably not going to be too good.”
My situation was really more out of frustration for the simple fact that I think sometimes my situations in basketball get blown out of proportion because of the reputation I’ve had in the past, and they really don’t allow me to turn over a new leaf. I get suspended or I get kicked out of a game for pushing someone. But if I were Kevin Durant or Chris Paul, that wouldn’t happen. My tweet was not directed at anyone; it was just directed out of frustration and just spur of the moment, not really thinking clearly.