During the games, especially the ones in the playoffs, emotions get the best of players, and they do some things they later regret. In an interview done for VladTV, Matt Barnes remembers the time when he cussed at James Harden’s mom, who was trash-talking him from the stands. Barnes received a fine for $50 thousand, which was the largest fine he received in his long NBA career.
Barnes said it happened during a playoff game back in 2015 when the Clippers played against the Rockets, and his assignment was to guard Harden for the most part. They were going at each other back and forth and then he heard the insults coming from the stands when someone was shooting free throws. Barnes said he didn’t know who the lady was but immediately responded to her insults, saying, “s**k my d**k b**ch.”
“That was a crazy story, and I apologize to her. So we are in the playoffs with the Clippers, and obviously, James and I are going at it. I was guarding him and I fauled him, and he went to the foul line. I’m down sitting on the free-throw line with my hands on my knees, and I hear someone say, “take your f***ot ass back to L.A.” three different times. I look up and catch the person say it the third time. I didn’t verbally say it, I mouth it. Not knowing who she was, not knowing the situation, just knowing this lady is telling me to take my f***ot ass back to L.A.”
After the incident, it was DeAndre Jordan who told Barnes he insulted James Harden’s mom. Barnes said he immediately apologized after the game when he saw them coming out of the arena. He quickly realized he made a mistake, but during the game, the emotions got the best of him, which was his explanation of why it happened. Unfortunately for Barnes, the NBA also saw what happened, and he received a fine for $50 thousand immediately after the game.
“At half-time, I think she must be a mom of a player, so maybe I should apologize because I let my emotions get the best of me. I still didn’t know who the lady was, so in the locker room, DeAndre Jordan asked me if I cussed a parent tonight. He told me that was James Harden’s mom. After the game, I saw them coming out, and I went and apologized to her, saying the emotions got the best out of me, and I don’t disrespect women that way.”