Matt Barnes spits on fiancee’s ex at 49ers playoff game after alleged threats, Push
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Matt Barnes spat on his fiancee’s ex during a heated altercation at the Cowboys vs. 49ers game on Sunday – video provided to TMZ Sports – but the former NBA champion claims the man started it all, threatening him and pushed him.
The incident happened around 3:40 p.m., just before playoff contention began at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara … when Barnes met his fiancee’s former husband, David Patterson Jr., in a hall at the venue.
In the footage, you can see Barnes spraying the man with spit – before later splashing it in his face.
The clip shows the two exchanging words and getting into a sort of wrestling match – before they happily parted ways and went in different directions.
According to a request for a temporary restraining order that Barnes filed in LA District Court two days after the incident, the NBA star alleges that Patterson Jr. was the attacker in the situation.
In the court documents, Barnes says Patterson Jr. “chased me and aggressively confronted me.” He said the 37-year-old had yelled obscenities and threats at him, verbally abused him and sent the crowd around them “into a frenzy by repeatedly shouting my full name”.
Barnes added that Patterson Jr. ended up “pushing me and I was forced to push him off me.” He continued, “I didn’t want the altercation to escalate further physically, and out of frustration at his seeking me and his relentless repeated harassment, I spit in his direction in disgust.”
Cops tell us they were called to the scene to investigate an allegation of assault – where they say the alleged victim identified 42-year-old Barnes as a suspect. They said an investigation into the case is still ongoing.
As for Barnes’ request for the TRO, he says Patterson Jr. has been terrorizing him for months – believing the man is “envious of my relationship with his ex-wife.” He said sometime in 2022 Patterson Jr. threatened to shoot him with his gun. He is asking the court to stop Patterson Jr. from getting within 100 yards of him.
Barnes, who played three seasons in the Bay Area with the Golden State Warriors during his NBA career, appeared to carry on Sunday night without further incident … he seemed in high spirits as he watched the game from the suite seats.
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In fact, Barnes sounded happy with the Niners’ 19-12 win and apparently won a bet with a Dallas fan who had a spot in his box.