Former NBA star Matt Barnes has found himself in hot water after a dramatic incident at a high school basketball game led to his termination from NBC. Reports have surfaced detailing a heated confrontation between Barnes and both a referee and a student, resulting in his swift exit from the broadcasting network.

It all unfolded when Barnes attended a game between Crespi Carmelite and Harvard-Westlake last month, where tensions ran high after one of his sons received a technical foul. While it’s not uncommon for emotions to flare on the court, what happened next shocked everyone in attendance.

According to accounts from witnesses, Barnes not only clashed with a referee but also directed his frustration towards a student who was managing the school’s online broadcast. The student, identified as Jake Lancer, recounted the intense encounter, revealing Barnes’ threatening behavior.

“He said, ‘What do you think you’re looking at?’” Lancer disclosed to freelance sports reporter Jack Pollon. “And I said, ‘You’re screaming you’re a (expletive) to the refs mid-game while I’m trying to announce, don’t touch me,’ and then he said, ‘I’ll slap the S- out of you.’”

Despite the alarming nature of the incident, Barnes remains steadfast in his defense. In a conversation with Dan Le Batard, Barnes argued that while he regrets putting his hands on the student, he believes his actions were justified.

As news of the altercation spread, NBC swiftly announced Barnes’ departure from the network. A spokesperson for NBC Sports California informed The Sacramento Bee that Barnes would no longer be featured on their platform. Despite attempts to reach out for comment, Barnes remained tight-lipped regarding the situation.

This marks a significant setback for Barnes, who had been serving as a studio analyst at NBC Sports California for three seasons. His dismissal comes on the heels of the disturbing incident at his sons’ basketball game, signaling a sour end to his broadcasting career with the network.

However, financial concerns may not be at the forefront for Barnes, who continues to thrive outside of the broadcasting world. With his wildly successful ‘All The Smoke’ podcast alongside Stephen Jackson and a lucrative NBA career that earned him over $35 million, Barnes remains a force to be reckoned with in the sports and entertainment realm.

The shocking saga of Matt Barnes’ downfall from NBC serves as a cautionary tale, reminding us all of the consequences of letting emotions run wild, even in the heat of the game. As the dust settles, one can’t help but wonder what the future holds for this former NBA star turned podcast mogul.

Featured image: May 6, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes (22) walking into the arena before the game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors in game three of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports


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