John Henson was ejected in the closing seconds of Milwaukee’s 96-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies after a confrontation with Matt Barnes, leading to a bizarre moment where Barnes followed Henson down the same tunnel as they both departed to the locker room.
If you’re trying to make sense of what happened, here’s the gist of it.
1. John Henson picks up his first technical foul with 3:43 left in the fourth quarter.
2. With five seconds left and Milwaukee headed for a win, Henson comes from behind to crush Matt Barnes’ layup out of bounds.
3. A double technical is issued on Henson and Barnes because Henson stares down Barnes and Barnes is jawing right back. That’s Henson’s second technical and he’s ejected.
4. Barnes continues arguing with the officials. He does NOT receive a second technical, but he is subbed out and immediately leaves the floor.
“Barnes entered Bucks locker room after game looking for Henson,” and added both players were escorted from the arena “by a spate of security guards.” According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Matt Velazquez, Henson was “sporting a scrape on the right side of his face” during postgame interviews. However, Henson reportedly “downplayed” the scrape and moved on.
Barnes entered the night with 7 technical fouls and zero ejections this season, according to ESPN.com, while Henson had just one foul of the technical variety to his name prior to Thursday’s encounter.
According to Spotrac, Barnes has paid $92,676 in fines this season alone—shelling out $35,000 of that gaudy total for comments deemed detrimental to the league.
When discussing his reported offseason encounter with former New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher, Barnes said, “Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is,” according to the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy. “And unfortunately, it happened. I don’t regret it.”
What do you think happened?
(Source Cowan: Black Media Scoop)