Clippers’ Matt Barnes Fined $50,000 for Making Rude Comments to James Harden’s Mom

LA Clippers' Matt Barnes
LA Clippers’ Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes placed his arms behind his back and leaned against a wall early Friday at the Clippers’ training facility, knowing a fine from the NBA was coming for the rude comments he directed at Houston guard James Harden’s mom, Monja Willis, in Game 2 in Houston on Wednesday night.

Barnes incorrectly assumed he was “probably going to get fined $25,000,” but the league doubled that estimate to $50,000 to hold him accountable for “directing inappropriate language at a fan.”

Barnes said he has talked with Willis since the story broke about the disparaging comments he made while she sat courtside at the Toyota Center.

“We’ve made our peace,” Barnes said. “We’ve spoken twice since the incident. She said something, I said something back. I’ve heard speculation of what I’ve likely said, which is crazy.”

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers clearly was upset with Barnes and let his small forward know about it during a talk Rivers had with the team.

Rivers said the team didn’t discipline Barnes.

“I was not pleased,” Rivers said. “I made that clear. And I made it clear to Matt and the entire team.”

Before the Clippers played the Rockets in Game 3 of the best-of-seven semifinals series at Staples Center, Harden voiced his displeasure with Barnes.

“Any situation where you’re talking about somebody’s parents, that’s just disrespectful,” Harden told reporters.

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SOURCE: The Los Angeles Times
Broderick Turner

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