He’s a good sport about it at least.
The penalized player here is Angela Rypien, who is the daughter of Super Bowl MVP coach Mark Rypien.
Here’s the brief story. From ABC 7 in San Francisco:
Los Angeles Laker Matt Barnes got into a fight Thursday night at a Pro-Am game in San Francisco.
It happened at the Kezar Pavillion during a game between Barnes’s Dream Team and a team called East Bay.
Barnes apparently punched an East Bay player in the face, but the refs didn’t see it and Barnes wasn’t ejected from the game.
We couldn’t find footage of the actual punch but here’s video immediately taken in the aftermath. From what it sounds like, Barnes was upset at the hard defense being played on him by one of the locals. They got into a skirmish going after a loose ball on the ground and the local guy shoved Barnes when they got up. Barnes, never known to be a person who takes crap from anyone, promptly punched the guy in the face. Check it out:
Wait for the slo mo.
So much for Artest having a Game 3 impact. Surely David Stern will suspend him for this – and understandably so.
To be fair, the kid who got punched reportedly grabbed the crotch of the mascot as it was crowd surfing.
We’ve got two videos for you including a hilarious slow mo replay which appears to show the two kissing. Check it out.
First the fight:
And now the kiss: