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For the second time in a week, the Memphis Grizzlies’ Matt Barnes is taking an L.
It was reported on Sunday that Barnes would be fined $35,000 by the NBA for his inappropriate comments about Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. Barnes wasn’t too happy about it and seemed to compare his struggles to Martin Luther King, Jr.
He took to Instagram to complain by posting a picture of King and a fiery caption:
Barnes — who was also suspended two games— clearly feels he had to a right to verbally abuse Fisher in the public eye. After being confronted by media about allegedly getting into a fight with Fisher over dating his estranged wife Gloria Govan, Barnes didn’t deny it happened, saying, “I don’t regret it. Like, man to man knows who’s wrong and who’s right. The NBA decided to step in and did what they did. But it is what it is.”
The NBA’s executive Vice President, Kiki VanDeWeghe, stands behind the fine, saying, “Matt Barnes’ comments condoning violence do not reflect who we are as a league or the character of our players. His words are unacceptable and entirely inconsistent with the core principles of this game and the NBA.”
The post has been up on Instagram for nearly 24 hours, so it’s clear Barnes is taking his stance on free speech seriously.