LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes has been released from jail after being arrested on suspicion of threatening a police officer who stopped him for a traffic warrant.
Manhattan Beach police Sgt. Paul Ford says Barnes posted $51,000 bail and was released shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday, some three hours after his arrest.
The 32-year-old Barnes was walking in the Los Angeles suburb when he was stopped and arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for driving on a suspended license.
Ford says Barnes allegedly made a verbal threat to the officer and was arrested for that as well.
A call to the Lakers seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned early Tuesday.
Barnes grew up in Fair Oaks and graduated from Del Campo High School. Barnes played with the Sacramento Kings for two season beginning in 2004. He’s played for several other teams and was the Lakers’ top-scoring reserve this past season, averaging 7.8 points per game.
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