*The NBA slapped a fine on Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes for his comments “condoning violence,” the league announced Sunday.
Barnes told reporters Saturday before Memphis’s game against the New York Knicks “violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is.” He made the comment in reference to his off-season incident with Knicks coach Derek Fisher, in which Barnes reportedly socked Fisher in the face.
Fisher was at the home of Barnes’ ex-wife Gloria Govan when the altercation occurred.
Barnes was suspended two games for the incident earlier this season. He recently filed a grievance with the NBA in an attempt to recoup the salary he lost from the suspension.