Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes avoided criminal charges in his assault case, pleading guilty on Tuesday morning to disorderly conduct – a violation – and was required to perform 10 days of community service as part of the agreement, according to a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
But after an investigation that included interviewing witnesses and reviewing video surveillance, Barnes was allowed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct instead, prosecutors said.
Back in December (as a member of the Kings), Barnes got involved in a skirmish at a NY nightclub. Barnes was originally charged with assault with the intention to cause injury, a misdemeanor.
The incident occurred early on December 5, hours after the Barnes’ former team, the Sacramento Kings, played the New York Knicks.
Cousins was accused of delivering the punch but was recently cleared of wrongdoing by police.
Barnes was subsequently involved in a civil suit against he and New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins.
The 37-year old is reportedly due back in court in August to hash out details for his community service. He played a limited role as the Dubs cruised through the National Basketball Association playoffs, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals to win their second championship in three years.
Barnes is set to become unrestricted free agent in July after averaging 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game with the Warriors last season.