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Clippers' Matt Barnes fined for 'inappropriate language' toward fan

Clippers' Matt Barnes fined for 'inappropriate language' toward fan
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, right, tries to steal the ball from Matt Barnes during the Clippers' 120-100 win Sunday. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

Matt Barnes has been fined $25,000 for 'inappropriate language' toward a fan during the team's 120-100 win over the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 25, the league announced Tuesday.

The incident apparently took place with 4 minutes and 28 seconds left in the second quarter at US Airways Center. It is unclear exactly what was said.

Barnes took to Twitter to defend himself.

Tweeted Barnes: "Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn't told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns....

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"Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn't SNITCH I get fined!! "

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The Clippers' small forward was also fined $25,000 by the league on Dec. 13 for kicking a water bottle into the stands and using profane language toward fans during a 104-96 loss to the Washington Wizards on Dec. 12.

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Tweeted Barnes: "I've been fined 50k in the last mnth for kicking a "PAPER"Gatorade cup that had alil bit of water in it that didn't even hit anyone &....

"Responding to an OWNER who cussed at me first.. 50,000 dollars for that?? Come on now!

"I might need to find a second job with all these crazy tecs & fines. I Can see it now LA TIMES.. "Costco worker by day nba player by night"

Barnes is averaging 9.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 28.6 minutes a game this season. The Clippers, who have won five games in a row, leave for an eight-game trip Tuesday.

Added Barnes via Twitter: "You can take my money, I care about winning!!"

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