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Source: Kings’ Barnes to turn himself in over nightclub incident

“We complain too much to the refs,” said Matt Barnes after the Kings 122-118 loss vs the Thunder

“We complain too much to the refs,” Matt Barnes said after the Kings 122-118 loss vs the Thunder on Sunday, January 15, 2017.
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“We complain too much to the refs,” Matt Barnes said after the Kings 122-118 loss vs the Thunder on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Kings forward Matt Barnes will turn himself in to face misdemeanor assault charges from a Dec. 5 altercation at a New York City nightclub, a source close to Barnes confirmed.

The Kings will play in Philadelphia on Monday night, but the source said it was uncertain when Barnes will turn himself in to authorities.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person did not have authority to speak on the matter.

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The incident happened at the Avenue nightclub after the Kings played the New York Knicks. Barnes was accused of choking a woman. He has maintained his innocence and denied starting the altercation.

Barnes was wanted for questioning after the incident and his attorney, Alex Spiro, said in a statement at the time that Barnes would cooperate with the investigation. But he left New York City after the incident and traveled with the Kings to Dallas.

Barnes, 36, and Kings three-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins have been named in a civil suit stemming from the incident. Cousins, however, does not face criminal charges.

Jasmine Besiso, 26, and Myrone Powell, 35, filed the suit. Powell alleged Cousins punched him.

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Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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