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Matt Barnes

Cops Plea

Felony REJECTED by D.A.

9/25/2012 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0924_matt_barnes_tmzL.A. Clippers player Matt Barnes has cut a plea deal and in the process scored a big victory ... because prosecutors rejected the felony, agreeing the case was nothing more than a low-level misdemeanor ... TMZ has learned.

You'll recall, Barnes was arrested near a Manhattan Beach, CA restaurant in late July, where he had been dining with his wife, "Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan. The Manhattan Beach cop -- who had previously stopped and cited Barnes twice before -- waited for Barnes outside the restaurant for 2 hours before placing him under arrest for driving with a suspended license.

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As the cop attempted to cuff Barnes, he tried handing his car keys to his wife. The officer grabbed Barnes' hand and the bballer pulled away ... and the cop felt that was enough to take Barnes in for felony resisting arrest.

But the D.A. didn't see it that way. Barnes just pled no contest to interference with the duties of a police officer -- a misdemeanor. Barnes -- whose lawyer Blair Berk appeared in court on his behalf -- got a $100 fine, 30 hours of community service, 13 sessions with a counselor and he was placed on informal probation for 24 months.

The charge of driving with a suspended license was dismissed after Barnes proved he had a valid license. He pled no contest to a much lesser offense -- driving while not in possession of a license. For that Barnes got a $100 fine and was placed on 12 months informal probation.

All in all ... Barnes scored a bigger court victory than the Lakers in the playoffs.

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Melissa1987    

Damn that officer seemed to have it out for him. smh *plays cop killah in the background*

737 days ago
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verlinda    

WOW !!!!!

737 days ago
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DaveT    

Hahahaha score!

737 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Victory?? Fines, community service, counselling and probation for trying to hand his significant other the car keys and not having his license on him? In what universe is that a victory? And is that cop stalking him or what? He waited who knows how long to ticket this man for a suspended license when his license wasn't even suspended. I was thinking his attorney needs a kick in the behind.

737 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Oh and where did you hear he was married to his baby mama? They have never said anything publicly about getting married.

737 days ago
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D. Potter    

PLEASE TMZ STOP TRYING TO BE ESPN. Mr. Barnes does not play for the Clippers, you ****in' idiots...

737 days ago
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roll3567    

over zealous enforcement. i guess that night manhatan beach was crime free.

737 days ago
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Tammy    

Personally, if I knew I had a license, I'd taken it to court and not copped a plea. Now, he needs to sue that stinking pig of a cop.

737 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Felony resisting arrest... Pulling hand away...lol That has to be the most retarded effin law ever conjured up.

737 days ago
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EM    

Manhattan beach PD is no stranger to scandal. However, it is routine for officers to park on the Blvd and monitor the crowds, so the idea that he was waiting for two hours is ridiculous. This officer went John Wayne, and thankfully, it was uncovered. MBPD, your rep is tarnished, time to put the public first.

737 days ago
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andrianabukes22    

Anyone knows anything about this? These people promise 150$ a day... If anyone has any further info please let me know http://bit.ly/PVO78x

737 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Is it me or basketball wives and basket ball players are a magnet for trouble?
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Phishie from Philly

737 days ago
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HOTNTX    

Matt is not married to Gloria. Do some easy fact checking TMZ.

737 days ago
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Boing!    

2 hour stakeout, 3 cop cars. WTF Cali can't even jail people why waste time on petty sh!t

737 days ago
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Joao    

It sounds like he shouldn't had been charged with anything. The court had to cover the cop's ass so they reduced the charge. Cops use the old "resisting arrest" to cover a multitude of their misdeeds---AND IT WORKS.

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