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Lakers' Matt Barnes out on bail after allegedly threatening cop

July 31, 2012 |  6:09 am

Lakers forward Matt Barnes was released on bail late Monday after being arrested in Manhattan Beach on suspicion of threatening a police officer and having an outstanding traffic violation.

An officer aware of Barnes' prior traffic violation attempted to make contact with the NBA player at about 8:40 p.m. Monday night in the 100 block of Manhattan Beach Boulevard, officials said. No details on the outstanding traffic violation were immediately released.

Barnes then allegedly made threats as the officer approached, resulting in his arrest, Manhattan police Sgt. Paul Ford said.

Barnes posted $51,000 bail about three hours later.

"We will arrest anyone that has outstanding traffic warrants and anyone in violation in the law. Their status doesn't come into play," Ford said.

Barnes, who averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in the regular season, is a free agent and is not expected to return to the Lakers.

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