Milwaukee Bucks guard,O.J. Mayo was suspended for one game on Saturday for "forcibly striking" New Orleans Pelicans big man Greg Stiemsma during Friday night's contest, per Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix.
This should mark the end of a brief—but ugly—incident. Fights occasionally happen, the league steps in, metes out punishment, and everyone involved moves on.
But it seems that no NBA altercation is finished until Los Angeles Clippers wing Matt Barnes has his say. The controversial small forward took to Twitter to comment on a game he wasn't involved in, stirring up a hornet's nest by saying Stiemsma probably deserved a punch:
Let this be a lesson to everyone on social media: If you're about to begin a comment with the words, "Without looking at it, I think...," please delete said comment immediately.
For those of you who are interested in actually looking at it, here's a video of the incident in question:
Shockingly, Mayo—the perpetrator of the incident in question—showed far more remorse than Barnes. After the game, Mayo sounded genuinely sorry for losing control and acting in such an unprofessional manner, according to Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal:
O.J. Mayo on his ejection: "I reacted the wrong way and handled it for sure the wrong way."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) March 8, 2014
"it's definitely the wrong way to conduct yourself," Mayo said. "I've got to be better and I will be better."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) March 8, 2014
Of course, Barnes has some history of his own with Stiemsma. Per Sports Illustrated's Ben e was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected last season from a game for shoving Stiemsma (then a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves) in the throat. Why does everybody feel the need to hit this guy in the throat?
If Barnes is suspended, it won't be the first time this season. He was punished earlier in the season for a profanity-laced tweet directed at his own teammates, and SB Nation's Steve Perrin said at the time that no amount of punishment would stop the incorrigible forward from curbing his anger:
But there's no one on the Clippers that's going to care now that it's done. ... We'd all be pretty happy if Barnes would actually put a little more thought into his confrontations—but he won't.
The Clippers are currently locked in a tight battle for home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs. With J.J. Redick out indefinitely and Jamal Crawford suffering through a nagging calf injury, they cannot afford to lose any more perimeter players. Matt Barnes needs to keep his mouth shut, for the good of his team.