Cops are closing in on arresting NBA player Matt Barnes for assaulting a woman during a raucous brawl at a Chelsea nightclub, sources said Friday. Barnes, 36, and fellow Sacramento Kings player DeMarcus Cousins, 26, have been under investigation for their role in the fight early Monday at the swanky Avenue nightclub on 10th Ave. near W. 17th St.
“They’ve got enough to charge Barnes with an assault on a woman,” a police source said. “It will probably be a misdemeanor assault on one of the females who was pushed or choked or sustained some sort of injury. She’s obviously cooperating.”
Members of Barnes’ entourage and others are also under police scrutiny. “They looked at several people inside the club,” “There were some people struck by bottles but that didn’t seem to come from the players. There was a little bit of a mini free for all.”
China’s highest court on Thursday ruled in favor of basketball legend Michael Jordan at the culmination of a years-long case over use of the Chinese rendering of his globally-known name and trademark. The former NBA star has been in a dispute with a sportswear company based in southern China called Qiaodan Sports since 2012. He had previously argued unsuccessfully in Beijing courts that they had used his Chinese name “Qiaodan” by which he has been known since he gained widespread popularity in the mid-1980s, his old jersey number 23 and basketball player logo to make it look like he was associated with their brand.
Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins were sued in federal court on Wednesday by two people who alleged they were assaulted by the Sacramento Kings players in a New York nightclub earlier this week. Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell were at Avenue Nightclub early Monday morning when the alleged altercation with Cousins and Barnes took place in the club’s VIP area, according to the lawsuit filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
A lawyer for Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes contacted the Manhattan DA’s office over his alleged choking of a woman at a New York night club — but there’s no warrant out for his arrest, a high-ranking police source told The Post. Lawyers for the NBA team have also contacted the DA.