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December 23, 2013 Updates

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was still searching for a reason why Matt Barnes was ejected with 56 seconds left in the third quarter of a 120-116 OT win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. As Kevin Love drove to the basket, Barnes came over the top of him and fouled him hard, although replays showed his arms reaching for the basketball. After officials reviewed it, they upgraded his foul from a flagrant 1 to a flagrant 2 and ejected him. "They wouldn't give me an explanation," Rivers said. "First of all, it wasn't a flagrant 2. I didn't think it was a flagrant 1. He got mostly ball and he swung at it. My only problem with the way that was done, Blake's should have been looked at." ESPN.com

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Wearing a pair of clear protective goggles, Matt Barnes participated in his first on-court activity with the Clippers in a month at Wednesday’s shootaround. “I’ve been cleared,” Barnes said. “I haven’t really got a chance to practice, so I don’t know how much I’ll play, but I’m cleared.” Barnes suffered a retinal tear in his left eye on Nov. 18 when he was inadvertently hit by Zach Randolph as the two chased down a loose ball. He has been sidelined since. Three eye surgeries, headaches and a month of waiting behind him, Barnes is anxious to get back, even if that means wearing goggles for a couple of weeks. “I hate them,” Barnes said of the eye-wear. “I just don’t like anything on my face, so it will be something to work through, but anything to get back on the court.” NBA.com

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Clippers forward Matt Barnes said Friday he will continue using a racial epithet he asserts has become commonplace in today's culture, two days after he apologized for using the word on Twitter and also was fined by the NBA for it. Barnes, speaking to reporters before Friday's practice, attempted to justify use of the N-word, saying the meaning of it can be derived solely by the context in which it is used. "The word I used is a word that's used on the court, used in the locker room, used amongst my friends and family; it's a regular word to me," Barnes said. "I think my mistake was using it in a social manner, which I regret and I apologize for it. But you guys have to get used to it." ESPN.com

Matt Barnes: "I have gotten into altercations with other guys that I'm friends with or that I'm cool with, and after the game we either shake hands or a phone call would take place. But I don't like Serge Ibaka, so I wouldn't apologize to him. That's just someone I don't like. But I own up to what I tweeted, and it wasn't right. It was in the heat of the moment, and I really didn't think things fully through. As soon as I sent it, once I started driving home, I'm like, 'That's probably not going to be too good.'" Bleacher Report

Matt Barnes: "I think they have a different set of rules for me, New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace and a couple of other guys. I think our fines are always blown out of proportion. Everything we do through the media is blown out of proportion. When they said I didn't leave the court in an orderly fashion on Wednesday night, all I did was when I was walking to the locker room, I picked my kids up right behind our bench and walked them to our locker room. It wasn't like I stayed on the court and tried to go at a ref or I was arguing with a fan or anything like that." Bleacher Report

November 14, 2013 Updates

Matt Barnes: I'd like to take a second to apologize to the #LACorganization, my #Teammates & #CoachingStaff & the #ClipFans.. For my actions. Not only on the court, but off.. I was completely wrong for pushing Ibaka & then for what I tweeted following the altercation. I've been doing this for to long to let my emotions get the best of me.. My poor choice of words & timing do not reflectwWho or what I am about.. It was very selfish on my part to make this situation about me instead of my teammates that fought their hearts out & earned a big win against a tough okc team.. Now I could have took the easy way out & said, "My twitter was hacked". But that's not what I'm about, I accept full responsibility for all my inappropriate action last night & I am truly sorry! Twitter

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