Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes will likely turn himself in on misdemeanor assault charges, according to a report for the New York Daily News. The charges come as a result of a fight at a New York night club on December 5th. DeMarcus Cousins was also involved in the incident, with allegations that he punched a man in the head. However, according to the report, only Barnes will face charges in the incident.
Police however said only Barnes, 36, is going to be charged. He is expected to travel to the city shortly, possibly as soon as next week.
Barnes and Cousins have also been named in a civil lawsuit that was filed almost immediately after the incident, seeking monetary damages.
It remains to be seen what kind of legal repurcussions this could have for Barnes, and we do not yet know if Barnes will face any sort of suspension or fine from the Kings or the NBA.
Barnes has previously made a plea deal in another misdemeanor assault case, and had a high-profile incident with Derek Fisher that didn’t result in any charges. Barnes was also charged with felony domestic violence in 2010, but the charges were later dropped.