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Matt Barnes Arrested: Newly Signed LA Laker Charged with Domestic Violence

Matt Barnes Arrested: Newly Signed LA Laker Charged with Domestic Violence
Matt Barnes (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS/KOVR/AP) Newly signed Los Angeles Laker Matt Barnes has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, Sacramento County police said Wednesday.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 30-year-old's home on Wednesday afternoon after an aborted 911 call was made from the residence around 4:16 p.m., according to sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran

Deputies said there were visible signs of injury on both Barnes and his girlfriend, but Barnes was determined to be the primary aggressor. CBS affiliate KOVR reports Barnes was also accused of preventing the woman from talking to 911 dispatchers.

The name of the woman was not released, but she was described as "a woman who lived with him and with whom he had a dating relationship."

Barnes was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence and maliciously obstructing the use of a telephone line.

He posted a $50,000 bond and was released. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 13, according to authorities.

Barnes signed a two-year contract worth $3.6 million with the Lakers in July as a free agent.

A UCLA product, he started 58 games last season for Orlando before signing with the Lakers.

Barnes had played for the Sacramento Kings from October 2004 to February 2005 before being traded, along with Chris Webber and Michael Bradley, to the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • Edecio Martinez

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