Matt Barnes, a free-agent forward who spent the last two seasons with the Lakers, faces a felony charge of threatening a public official after being arrested Monday night, said Lt. Steve Tobias of the Manhattan Beach Police Dept.
Barnes was arrested in Manhattan Beach after an officer who was aware he had an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor traffic violation approached him on foot, Tobias said. When the officer attempted to arrest Barnes, Tobias said, “Mr. Barnes did not cooperate and threatened” the officer.
Tobias declined to divulge what Barnes said to the officer.
Barnes posted $51,000 bail and was released late Monday. The outstanding warrant he faces was for driving on a suspended license, a misdemeanor violation for which Barnes owed $26,000.
Barnes, an unrestricted free agent who is not expected to be back with the Lakers next season, is scheduled to appear in Torrance Court on Oct. 1.