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Matt Barnes fined $50K for directing inappropriate language at James Harden’s mother

Trevor Ariza, Matt Barnes

Trevor Ariza, Matt Barnes


Matt Barnes has been fined $50,000 for “directing inappropriate language at a fan,” the league announced on Friday via official release.

That “fan” happened to be James Harden’s mother.

Barnes reportedly told the woman “S--- my d---, b----" and later apologized after he found out who the woman was.

The reason for the fine being so steep is Barnes’ repeat-offender status.

Barnes was fined $25,000 in December for swearing at Washington fans and another $25,000 in January for doing the same to Phoenix fans (not Suns owner Robert Sarver, according to the league).

The fines are minuscule when compared to the salary of even the most modestly-paid NBA players, so don’t expect Barnes to change his behavior as a result of them anytime soon.