Manhattan Beach Police Dept.
Matt Barnes booking photo
Matt Barnes, the former Laker and current Clipper forward plead no contest Tuesday to being an unlicensed driver and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.
The drama started in June when the journeyman scorer was originally charged with driving with a suspended license. On July 30, when Manhattan Beach police tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for that charge, he allegedly resisted.
The heavily tattooed Barnes, 32, was not present in court today when his plea of no contest to an amended unlicensed driver and resisting arrest was entered through his attorney. His lawyer produced proof that he had a valid license according to the D.A.
Judge Burt Pines sentenced the 6 foot 7 inch UCLA grad to two years summary probation, ordered to complete 30 hours of community service and instructed Barnes to attend counseling for three months.
The details of that counseling are still being determined as to whether it will be anger management or general counseling, LADA spokeswoman Jane Robison told KPCC.
[Update 3:21 p.m. Robison writes that instead of the three months of counseling, Barnes is required now to attend 13 sessions of counseling with a private therapist.]
[Update 4:44 p.m. Barnes' attorney notified KPCC that the 13 sessions of counseling will not be anger management.]
Barnes is often seen more on the popular VH-1 reality show "Basketball Wives" than he is on the court. That trend may continue this season as he will be part of a deep Clipper bench that includes former Lakers Lamar Odom and Ronny Turiaf, longtime NBA star Grant Hill, and three-point threat Jamal Crawford.
Barnes has played for eight NBA squads, including all four California teams. This is his second stint as a Clipper. Last year he averaged just 7.8 points coming off the bench for the Lakers.
It was a busy few days for Barnes, who apparently got married this weekend in Las Vegas according to VH-1.