Matt Barnes apologizes for ejection, profane tweet

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. – Matt Barnes was in a fighting mood Wednesday night, but by Thursday morning, he was contrite and apologetic.

His bank account was also lighter. The NBA announced that the Clippers forward was fined $25,000 for “failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection and using inappropriate language on his Twitter account during the game following his ejection, in violation of NBA rules.”
After delivering a scalding tweet that referenced his teammates following his ejection from the Clippers’ 111-103 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center, Barnes back-tracked on his Twitter account, saying he was wrong for pushing Thunder forward Serge Ibaka.

Barnes’ original tweet, in which he used a racial slur and said he no longer intended to stand up for his teammates, was deleted by Thursday morning.
Instead, he posted six tweets in which he called himself “selfish” for engaging Ibaka in an altercation and accepted full responsibility for what took place after Ibaka and Clippers forward Blake Griffin got tangled under the basket.

In his tweet after he was thrown out, he said, “All this (expletive) does is cost me money.”
After the game, Clippers players and coach Doc Rivers said they believed Barnes was acting out of emotion, although Rivers said he would address the issue on Friday when the Clippers practice. They had the day off Thursday.

Guard Chris Paul said he hadn’t read Barnes’ original tweet, but he questioned whether the willingness to fight could be compared to a team’s toughness.
“I think sometimes toughness can be mistaken for a form of fighting,” he said. “But toughness ultimately comes down to basketball. Toughness is on the court. At the end of the day, ain’t nobody holding the world championship belt.”