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Matt Barnes #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at U.S. Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. Barnes was released from jail late Monday night, July 30, 2012, after being arrested for allegedly threatening a police officer and driving on a suspended license.
NBA forward Matt Barnes has been released from jail after being arrested on suspicion of threatening a police officer, along with driving on a suspended license; the cop stopped him for a traffic warrant.
Barnes spent the previous two seasons with the L.A. Lakers.
Manhattan Beach police Sgt. Paul Ford says Barnes posted $51,000 bail and was released shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday, about three hours after his arrest.
The 32-year-old Barnes was walking in the L.A. suburb when he was stopped and arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. Barnes had been charged with driving with a suspended license after a May 18 incident in Manhattan Beach. When he failed to appear for a July 19 court date in Torrance, L.A. Superior Court Judge Sandra Thompson issued a bench warrant for $26,000.
The officers who stopped him Monday were aware of the warrant, police said.
Ford says Barnes allegedly made a verbal threat to the officer and was arrested for that as well.
It's not clear why his license had been suspended. A call to his agent Tuesday morning was not immediately returned. Lakers representatives declined to comment on the arrest.
Early Tuesday morning, Barnes Tweeted to his 183,320 followers: "Oh.. For all you perfect people out there looking at me w/your nose in the air, who have 'NEVER' missed a court date for a 'TRAFFIC VIOLATION' God Bless You..."
Barnes has been arrested before, in 2010, following what police described as an altercation between Barnes and his fiance, Gloria Govan. Govan denied that Barnes abused her and domestic violence charges were later dropped.
At the time, the Los Angeles Times reported that Barnes, who's an emotional player, had some run-ins on the court.
Barnes was the Lakers' top-scoring reserve this past season, averaging 7.8 points per game. However, he's currently an unsigned free agent and isn't expected to re-sign with the Lakers.
This story has been updated.