Posted March 05, 2013

Matt Barnes calls out NBA for punishment double standard

Ben Golliver, Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Matt Barnes, Metta World Peace, Oklahoma City Thunder, Serge Ibaka
Matt Barnes, left, was not happy with the NBA's treatment of Serge Ibaka. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Matt Barnes, left, was not happy with the NBA’s punishment of Serge Ibaka. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

Clippers forward Matt Barnes accused the NBA league office of having a double standard when it comes to its punishment process on Tuesday.

Barnes posted a series of messages on his Twitter account following the NBA’s decision to fine, but not suspend, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka for a low blow to Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Ibaka’s foul, originally deemed a flagrant 1 but upgraded by the league office to a flagrant 2, came as the two players were jockeying for position during a Barnes three-point attempt on Sunday night.

Barnes asserted that the punishment would have been harsher had he or Lakers forward Metta World Peace committed a similar foul.

You can INTENTIONALLY grab or hit someone in the balls & not get suspended, but you push someone & get suspended. #ImConfused

Let me or Metta World Peace do that & I guarantee its a 5 game suspension .. I [love how] there are different rules, for different people!

So if I would have back handed Ibaka, I would have been the only one to get suspended right??????????????????????????

Heat forward LeBron James also tweeted about Ibaka’s suspension, comparing it to a low-blow kick from Dwyane Wade to Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions that earned Wade a one-game suspension without pay in December.

So explain to me the difference? My teammate gets a 1 game suspension and 150k+ taking away from him for his groin altercation #strangetome

Back in February, Barnes was suspended for one game after he received a flagrant 2 for shoving Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma in the neck. The NBA also suspended Barnes for one game back in November 2012 after he pleaded no contest to “resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer” following an offseason arrest. At the time, Barnes called that suspension a “JOKE.”

Also in February, World Peace was suspended for one game for a rebounding tussle with Pistons guard Brandon Knight. World Peace has also been suspended on numerous other occacsions, including a seven-game suspension in April 2012 for elbowing James Harden, a one-game suspension for clotheslining Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea in May 2011 and a season-long suspension for his role in the “Malice at the Palace.”

The NBA did assess a one-game suspension to Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for a low blow similar to Ibaka’s that Cousins delivered to Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo in December. Like Barnes and World Peace, Cousins has a lengthier history of disciplinary issues than does Ibaka.

20 comments
HBgrown
HBgrown

only reason he got to play was because it was a nationalized game against the Lakers.  unfortunately it really had a say in the outcome of the game, as Ibaka's 3 pointer really was the dagger that swung the momentum back to OKC

B_Lo_4Sho
B_Lo_4Sho

Funny that this is coming from a classless piece of trash like Matt Barnes, what a joke.  If you don't agree, you are obviously just a Clippers fan.

JulesG
JulesG

Matt makes a great point. What does a "repeat offender" have to do with what another player does on the court? The rules are based on the KIND of foul, not who commits it. If that was the case, the NBA could be sued by the Players Union. If you hit someone in the face or head, it's an automatic ejection for a flagrant 2 and a fine, but you can hit someone intentionally in their groin area and it's not considered as egregious? That truly does not make sense. So Matt is right. All TYPES of fouls should be treated the same, or else players without a rep if they wanted to be dirty a few times know they could get away with attacking a player in a certain way. The NBA looks really bad when it does things like this, especially with so many people claiming everything is fixed or controlled from within. It just does not make any sense!

luke775
luke775

Including past history of disciplinary events is sketchy at best, especialy when their is no clear standard to apply.  Every situation needs to be assessed on its own merits.  There are too many factors to quantify and qualify to compare players based on past discipine.  Some guys are hired to be the team "enforcer"... a role that is sometimes needed in a game that is officiated by guys we know sometimes bet on games and sometimes react more emotionally than players do...

The NBA needs to have clear standards for what the punishment will be for certain "crimes" if you will and these should be published.  If they want to add on mitigating factors (such as previous history of infractions) by all means publish them too...

But failure to have a consistently enforced disciplinary policy is a big aprt of what perpetuates the incidents.  If a guy knows there is an automoatic one game suspension and loss of pay for intentionally punching someone in the nuts, he ahs nothing to complain about when he meets his punishment.  All this vitriol and accusations of unfairness will be dropped to a bare minimum.  As long as we have to sit around and guess what the punishment will be, the league will be seen as catering to favorites and fixing outcomes.  Legitimacy goes out the window.

Joe R2
Joe R2

What LeBron fails to realize is that his boy D-Flop is a repeat offender

2001mark
2001mark

Dear Matthew, Tell us again how LeBron James & Dwayne Wade have never been privy to the NBA's double standard officiating.  Not sure if you know this, but your entire meal ticket right now this year is being paid for by NBA refs letting your teammates run the court & rack points.

FedorGaponenko
FedorGaponenko

How many dirty play does Ibaka have in his career? (no a hard foul isn't a dirty play, Ibaka will foul hard occasionally to prevent an and one if he can't get the block)  Metta World Peace and Wade are like kings of cheap shots and dirty plays of course the league will have a tighter leash on them. I guarantee if Ibaka gets another flagrant 2 he will get a suspension

JonathanWoyke
JonathanWoyke

huuuge double standards man. Unreal. Ibaka has had several questionable calls that he got away with. 25k doesn't mean sh*t to any player not on a rookie salary. He should at least get a game suspension.

draker541
draker541

NBA probably loading the suspension cannon and aiming at Barnes as we read this article.. He's got a point.

JulesG
JulesG

 @B_Lo_4Sho What if people don't care? It seems like THIS is the new sports fan...being extremely bias, judgmental, cynical, and evil over SPORTS! Matt Barnes is rough around the edges...sure....but he worked hard to get to where he is. So I respect him for making a living, despite not being a perfect, model citizen which is not how any of us are in our place of work either....so....why waste your energy hating Matt Barnes like he did something to YOU!?

geewhiz
geewhiz

 @JulesG Ofc the NBA is fixed.  Did you see the finals last year?  They were taking Westbrook's lunch money on the way to the basket every time.

FredBolger
FredBolger

 @FedorGaponenko It was Ibaka's second flagrant this year so he was a repeat offender...also, D-Wade only has 4 flagrants for his entire career.

StacyHutchens
StacyHutchens

 @FedorGaponenko You are taking a cheap shot at Wade yourself for saying that. You really want to put Wade and World Peace on the same level???

Joe R2
Joe R2

 @FedorGaponenko 

I agree.  Dwyane "D-Flop" Wade is probably the second dirtiest player in the NBA

idenchasy
idenchasy

 @draker541 As a Clippers fan, I am expecting the worst. They already let way too many calls go when it comes to Griffin (yes, I know his whining all the time doesn't help) and now Barnes will be under the microscope. Ugh.

JulesG
JulesG

 @geewhiz I don't believe that. Because too many things happen for that to be the case that do NOT benefit the NBA...like the Spurs ever winning a championship since San Antonio is a horrible market....Dallas winning...The Lakers, Celtics, or now the Heat not ALWAYS winning it. I seriously doubt it is fixed, because it would have to take a HUGE effort for it not to only happen, but also for it to remain covered up. Unless you think the players aren't in on it and they are just playing for nothing, which again, is another reason why it is not fixed. You could say they show certain types of favortism in certain scenarios, but there is no way an entire sports league not named Professional Wrestling is fixed. There would be way too many misnomers.

StacyHutchens
StacyHutchens

 @Joe R2  @FedorGaponenko The second dirtiest player?? Your powers of exaggeration know no bounds...... Your hate of the heat clouding your judgement much?

Joe R2
Joe R2

 @StacyHutchens  @FedorGaponenko 

 

Wade has a history of dirty play.  Just ask Rajon Rondo, Darren Collison, Rip Hamilton, Kobe Bryant, etc... the list goes on.  I love it when the Heat groupies come out to defend their heroes.  It's too bad Heat "fans" are the most uneducated fan base in sports.