Matt Barnes captured using homophobic slur in profanity-laced arrest video

Matt Barnes was caught on video using profanity and a homophobic slur during a July arrest, and he has apologized for his language.

Barnes was arrested on July 30 for an outstanding traffic warrant and for threatening an officer. The Clippers forward was released on $51,000 bail later that night, and now we have video that shows his alleged uncooperative behavior from that evening.

TMZ obtained and published video from the arrest, and it shows Barnes and his wife, Gloria Govan, appearing to give the officers a difficult time while resisting arrest.

The video shows an officer telling Govan, who was standing next to Barnes, to “turn around and put your hands behind your back.”

“For what?” she responds.

Govan continues to refuse to move away from her husband and complains that another officer wouldn’t tell them why Barnes was being arrested. She suggests the officers “pow-wow” and then let them know why the arrest is being made.

“And why don’t you ask [the] officer how he found Matt in the first place?” she asks one officer.

“Yeah, by f—ing stalking me, which is probably illegal,” Barnes chimes in.

The officer then explains to Govan that they have a warrant for Barnes’ arrest, and he tells her to step aside so that her husband can be handcuffed. She begins pushing the officer’s hands away as they attempt to move her away.

Barnes continues to move around as the officers attempt to handcuff him. At one point he slips his hand away to give car keys to Govan, which the officers appear to consider an act of resistance.

“I’m going to jail because you’re a f—ing fa–ot and you followed me,” Barnes angrily complains about one of the officers.

The Clippers forward then drops a few more f-bombs before he is led toward the police car, which is when the video cuts out.

It’s unclear what happened leading up to the point when the video begins, but TMZ previously reported that the officer whom Barnes accuses of stalking him knew that Barnes had an outstanding arrest warrant and waited two hours outside a restaurant before confronting him. TMZ also reported that Barnes’ arrest warrant was for failing to appear in court for driving on a suspended license.

Last week, Barnes, through his attorney, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of unlicensed driving and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to two years of probation, and ordered to complete 30 hours of community service and attend 13 counseling sessions with a private therapist.

Barnes issued an apology for his offensive language.

“I would like to apologize for the unfortunate language I used,” Barnes said, according to TMZ. “I know that certain words are extremely hurtful.

“I meant absolutely no disrespect to anyone. This comment, spoken in the heat of a difficult moment, does not accurately reflect my actual point of view.

“I hope that any and all offended parties can accept my sincerest apologies.”

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  • Pasquale Cappiello

    so basically, he needs to learn how to enjoy gay sex. Why not? Gays are always so offended. Grow a set of balls!! 

  • http://twitter.com/RSPW_DEP David Powell

    This is insane, the news is that a guy being taken in cussed at a cop, but it’s worse because he said “f—ot?” Would it have been better if he’d called him a M-F or an ass clown? Either way it is bad for the cop. Also anyone who has never heard the word “f-g” has never been near a locker room, I always am boggled when people pretend that word is never used.

    The sad stuff is, yeah, he got taken in, but you have to deal with those traffic tickets, you can be a young person working your first job or an NBA All-Star or whatever, it will still bite you if you don’t deal with it. Maybe more people will learn to take that stuff seriously.   

  • camomed56

    It is a mystery to me why use of the word “f—ot” means someone
    is homophobic.  Homophobia is defined
    as, fear of sameness, monotony or of homosexuality or of becoming homosexual. Nothing
    reported indicates that Matt Barnes is afraid of homosexuals or of becoming a
    homosexual. There is not even anything to indicate he is prejudiced
    against homosexuals. The word was used as a pejorative. A pejorative is a word
    or phrase used to express negativity or distaste. No prejudice against
    homosexuals is connoted in the use of the word, nor was any prejudice intended.
    No prejudice against girls or dogs would be presumed if he had called the
    officer a “little girl” or a “b–ch.” There is no difference.The reporter should know what words mean
    before he uses them.


     While the use of “f —ot” may be
    an unacceptable pejorative, it is not homophobic. By using the term homophobic,
    the reporter is creating news, not reporting it. He is saying that Matt Barnes
    is afraid of or hates homosexuals when there is no evidence of such hatred in
    this article or previously shown in Matt Barnes’ life. This is an example of poor,
    sensationalist reporting..