FAIR OAKS, CA - Former Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes told News10's Bryan May "I was the victim but still got arrested" after police say he was involved in a physical fight with his girlfriend Wednesday at the couple's Fair Oaks home, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman.
Deputies responded to a 911 call from the home on the 8100 block of Sunset Avenue in Fair Oaks around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran said.
Investigators determined the two had been involved in a "physical confrontation" and that Barnes prevented the woman from talking with 911 operators, Curran said.
Curran said Barnes, 30, was arrested after deputies spoke with Barnes and the woman who Barnes "lived with and with whom he had a dating relationship."
Both Barnes and the woman had visible injuries, according to the deputies.
Barnes was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the felony charges of domestic violence and maliciously obstructing the use of a telephone line, Curran said.
Barnes posted $50,000 bond and was released just after 9:30 p.m. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
Barnes responded to a text message from News10's Bryan May late Wednesday, texting, "U know any domestic violence situation 9 outa 10 times the man gets arrested. That's the case here I was the victim but still got arrested. No matter what I say people are gonna think what they want..."
Barnes continued his defense on his Twitter page Wednesday night, tweeting, "DON'T LET YOUR EARS WITNESS, WHAT YOUR EYES DIDN'T SEE!!!"
Barnes, who grew up in Sacramento and attended Del Campo High School, has played for nine NBA teams, including a stint with the Kings from 2004 to 2005. Barnes recently signed a two-year, $3.6 million with the Los Angeles Lakers last month.