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Matt Barnes

Manhattan Beach Cop

HATES MY GUTS!

8/30/2012 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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NBA star Matt Barnes tells TMZ ... there's one cop in Manhattan Beach, CA who simply doesn't like him ... and targeted him for TWO HOURS back in July in a plot to ruin Matt's life.

Barnes -- who's now a free agent -- was hangin' at the beach last night when he told us, "Manhattan Beach doesn't like me very much ... I don't know why they don't like me, but they don't like me."

Barnes was referencing an incident on July 30 ... when he was arrested on an outstanding traffic warrant. We're told the arresting officer lurked near Matt's car for two hours on the night of the arrest to make sure he didn't miss the chance to arrest Barnes. 

When asked if he thought he was being watched that night, Matt told us, "Someone waits outside your car for two hours ... I would say that's watching."

Barnes explained that his beef isn't with the entire Manhattan Beach PD ... saying he "loves" the cops ... and insists. "We're not gonna let a couple of situations take us away from living our lives."

As for Matt's future in the NBA ... Barnes says he's speaking with multiple teams ... adding, "Hopefully we'll get this arrest situation out of the way so I can go ahead and move forward with my career."

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