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NBA's Matt Barnes

BUSTED

Allegedly Threatens Cop

7/31/2012 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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NBA
forward Matt Barnes was arrested tonight for an outstanding traffic warrant, and for allegedly mouthing off -- BIGTIME -- to the arresting officer, TMZ has learned.

According to law enforcement sources, Barnes was busted by police in Manhattan Beach, CA for a misdemeanor traffic warrant, and we're told he also resisted the arresting officer.

Barnes is currently being booked by Manhattan Beach PD for the traffic violation, and for resisting an executive officer ... a felony.

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According to our sources ... Matt was walking in Manhattan Beach around 8:30PM when he was first approached by Manhattan Beach PD -- and when officers ran a check on him they discovered a massive $26,000 unpaid traffic warrant for driving on a suspended license.

We're told Barnes made threats against one of the officers -- which is why he got slapped with the felony for resisting.

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Barnes played for the Los Angeles Lakers last year, but is currently a free agent. He's being held on $51,000 bail -- 26 for the unpaid warrant, and 25 for the felony.

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Barnes posted bail and was released at 11:20PM.

He later tweeted about the incident ... writing, "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..."

He also wrote, "Funny how a small situation turns into a "Urban Legend".. A $26,000 traffic ticket?? Come on now smh.. Have a good night"

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31.

Oh A 💛💋    

He has a big ass forehead

727 days ago
32.

Ebonymadame    

He looks like the homeless radio announcer Ted Williams' son! hehe

727 days ago
33.

Rico    

How does a cop just know/remember Matt Barnes had an existing warrant? I bet he was walking with a white woman!

727 days ago
34.

Allen Ridak    

This reminds me of the time I had an "accident" at my grandma's funeral. Everyone could smell it and it was embarrassing, but the warmth of it felt so good I became aroused. Now my whole family thinks I'm a freak :(

727 days ago
35.

Lmao    

He looks like a straight CREEPER in this mug shot, LMAO!!! Omgoodness... Hilarious.

727 days ago
36.

furious cupcakes    

So Cuba's having a drink like any god given human has the right to and he's being bothered, called out and harassed and photographed. , The bar matron approaches HIM instead of controlling her establishment from having their patrons being harassed in ANY way,which is her job, and tells HIM to leave. What an ass this place is, he was told to leave, probably brushed up against her trying to get out of there because she was body grilling him and he left. Now he's a wife-beater.....

727 days ago
37.

LDB    

Creepy mugshot

727 days ago
38.

jhacks fryson    

No one cares that he was profiled whitey caught him walking if he was'nt famous he would have been shot we know whitey wish he could play ball or women.So good luck cops wife ass beating is coming your little man is feeling less than as usual

727 days ago
39.

55vineyard    

Lived in Manhattan Beach for 19 years (great city to live in) and believe me the police do not fool around there.

727 days ago
40.

Truth44    

Dumbass should be arrested for that hairdo!!

727 days ago
41.

nikkireps    

just one more celeb who thinks they can do whatever the f*ck they want. hey idiot, dont break the law, then u wouldnt have a reason to feel all ass hurt when u get caught!!

727 days ago
42.

VIDGMER    

A $26,000 traffic ticket? OUCH!!!!

My predictable, IRS will go after him for owe tax in few years.

727 days ago
43.

janet    

51k is like $51.00 dollars. So they think they can just blow it off. Screw it pay the fine and move on.

727 days ago
44.

uptownguy    

I AN NOT A FAN OF THE POLICE IN the way they handle their job . But he could have been a little under the weather and walking bad enough to be noticed . or the fact that he has played ball and cop already knew who he was and knew of the warrant . But in any event i always believe in leaving the house with a stun gun and mace . and that is to protect ones self from police .so sometime being on the tube does not work in your favor .

723 days ago
45.

uptownguy    

oh yes cops always win -but that does not mean you make it easy of them . they get paid every two weeks and should earn their pay . so you fight them tooth and nail and go in with a few missing teeth if you have to.it should be a law that you must fight them with they push you around . And yes he has no choice but the pay it and move on ,. as i stated eariler cops always win . and the courts always win too . and i always tell the judge what i think and get an extra 30 days for it but that is ok with me too.

723 days ago
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