ESPN analyst and former NHL enforcer Matthew Barnaby was arrested Friday night in a domestic violence incident involving his ex-wife and a female companion in a suburb of Buffalo, New York. He was taken to the local Amherst prison, where he posed for the mug shot shown here, and spent the night in order to address the court in the morning.
On Saturday morning, Barnaby pleaded not guilty to five charges, including: criminal mischief, criminal trespass, criminal contempt, harassment and aggravated harassment. He was released under a conditional obligation and ordered to stay away from his estranged wife and the other adult female.
As of right now, the details surrounding the arrest are unknown, but several sources are claiming that the domestic incident involved some very serious physical threats and possibly some light contact. When the police arrived to the home, after receiving a phone call from presumably one of the ladies, they found considerable damage to the home, but saw no signs that the ladies were physically harmed. In fact, the police lieutenant reported that no physical violence was involved at all.
Barnaby’s arrest is the second recent run in with the law for an ESPN analyst. Back in late March, NBA analyst Jalen Rose was arrested on a DUI charge and relieved of his duties with the network for an indefinite amount of time. Although the circumstances with Rose’s arrest are completely different than that of Barnaby’s, we assume some sort of disciplinary action will be taken by ESPN.
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