TMZ Sacramento Kings star Matt Barnes is wanted by NYPD for questioning after he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning — and TMZ Sports got video of him right after the incident. Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a 911 call to Avenue Nightclub after midnight, reporting a man assaulting 2 women and another man. We’re told things got physical when Barnes allegedly choked one woman during an argument — and when 2 other people tried to intervene … he punched both of them. In the video, Matt and his teammate DeMarcus Cousins, are talking about the fight. Cousins is clearly heard saying, “Matt hit the s*** out this ni***!” Barnes fled the scene before cops showed up. The Kings were in town to play the Knicks on Sunday. They lost. Cops are investigating and looking for Barnes.
UPDATE: TMZ Matt Barnes is adamant he did NOT start the brawl in an NYC club Monday morning — insisting all he did was DEFEND HIMSELF after he was attacked by a violent group in the VIP section. A rep for the NBA star tells us … Barnes was having a good time at Avenue Nightclub with his teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, when he went to sit at his VIP booth and accidentally “butt bumped” a woman who was at the next booth over. Barnes claims the woman reacted by slapping him in the face, hard — and that’s when all hell broke loose. Barnes claims the woman’s crew — which included several men — jumped in and began to get violent. Barnes was knocked to the ground in the melee and one of the men began to choke him. We’re told Barnes got physical in an effort to protect himself. Cousins also jumped in to defend Barnes. In footage shot moments after the fight, Cousins references Barnes getting choked. Barnes feels he’s the victim in the incident — and is even taking pictures of his injuries which he believes backs his side of the story. We spoke with Barnes’ attorney Alex Spiro who tells us, “We do not believe a crime was committed and are hopeful no charges will be pressed.”
After the Sacramento Kings were defeated by the New York Knicks 106 to 98 at Madison Square Garden, Kings forward and noted NBA hothead went to Avenue nightclub with teammate Demarcus Cousins, and Barnes got into an altercation that has him wanted for questioning by the NYPD this morning. Reports claim that Barnes got into an argument with a woman, who he began to choke, and that he also assaulted another man and woman who tried to intervene. Barnes claims that he accidentally bumped into a woman with his butt, causing the woman to attack him, and that he was only acting in self defense. Matt Barnes has had several issues in the past due to his bad temper, including the time he attacked then Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his ex-wife, but there is always the chance that these other clubgoers knew Matt Barnes was a hothead and that they egged him on in order to get a payday.