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Guilty Plea For Barnaby With No Jail Time

from T.J. Pignataro and Jay Tokasz of the Buffalo News,

Former Buffalo Sabre Matthew T. Barnaby late this afternoon pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and other charges, but was able to avoid jail time following a hearing Tuesday afternoon in Clarence town court.

Barnaby, who was arrested Dec. 5 after he was spotted driving without a front tire on Transit Road, was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service in the Clarence School District.

He also had his license revoked for a year and must receive inpatient counseling.

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Barnaby Needs Some Help

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Forget about Barnaby the hockey player and TV personality. Condemn him if you will, but my concern is for Barnaby the person. I consider him a friend. I’m worried about him. He’s a good guy on a reckless path.

Recent studies revealed many players who died young suffered from brain damage related to concussions. Rangers tough Derek Boogaard was added to the list Tuesday. Barnaby had 295 fights in his career starting in juniors and suffered numerous concussions, including one that ultimately ended his career.

Doctors say telltale signs of brain trauma are erratic behavior, depression and substance abuse. You need not be a neurologist to see Barnaby suffered from various symptoms. He acknowledged as much himself last season.

He complained that he was short-tempered and didn’t feel right for two years after he retired. He wondered if he had disconnections in his brain and worried about his long-term health. At the same time, last May, he refused to blame concussions for his own behavior.

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Barnaby Arrested On DWI Charge

via John Vogl of Sabres Edge,

Matthew Barnaby, the ESPN hockey analyst and former Sabres agitator, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated in the town of Clarence, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responded to a 911 call of an SUV driving erratically without a front tire. They discovered a black Porsche Cayenne driving on the rim, causing sparks. The vehicle had significant front end damage and was missing the driver’s side front tire.

Deputies said Barnaby, 38, failed multiple field sobriety tests then refused to take a breath test. A refusal results in immediate revocation of a New York State license.

Barnaby has been released to the custody of his attorney with appearance tickets for Town of Clarence court.

added 6:59pm, from ESPN,

Matthew Barnaby was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on Monday morning.

Following the arrest, ESPN terminated its contract with Barnaby, effective immediately. He had worked as an NHL analyst for ESPN since 2008.

“We spoke with Matthew and informed him that we terminated his contract, effective immediately,” an ESPN spokesman said.

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Barnaby Accused of Using Threats & Racial Slurs

From Denise Jewell Gee at the Buffalo News:

Court documents accuse former Sabre Matthew T. Barnaby of “threatening harm” and using “racial slurs”  Friday night during 20 to 30 harassing phone calls to a friend of his estranged wife in a domestic dispute in Amherst.

The case was transferred to State Supreme Integrated Domestic Violence Court on Wednesday, but a complaint filed against the ESPN analyst in town court provided new details of the incident.

Barnaby, 38, has pleaded not guilty to five charges, including felony criminal mischief, stemming from the incident Friday night at the Getzville home of his estranged wife. Barnaby is also accused of violating a court order and damaging the garage door of the home.

New details made public Wednesday in the court documents included accusations that Barnaby harassed his wife by swearing at her and used “racial slurs” during a series of harassing phone calls to her male friend.

The complaint provided no details of what racial slurs Barnaby is accused of making. The documents state only that he is accused of harassing the man “via phone calls 20-30 times threatening harm, racial slurs and with no legitimate purpose to contact the victim.”

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Barnaby is also accused of violating a February court order by entering his wife’s property, criminal trespass, harassment and aggravated harassment.

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No Frat Boys at ESPN

From Michael McCarthy at USA Today:

...executive vice president of content John Skipper blasted the notion that the company’s Bristol, Conn. campus is a hotbed of office romance, behavioral issues and sexual harassment.

“I can tell you categorically: we do not have a frat-boy culture. We do not condone that kind of activity. In fact, we’ve taken lots and lots of steps to create policies. We’re fairly stringent when people do things. We suspend people. We fire people,” Skipper told reporters after the event. “It is clear to everybody who works for us we are not going to tolerate it. It’s just human nature, human behavior…We have a culture of hard work and achievement and serving fans. We have a lot of employees. A few of them, every now and then, do something stupid.”

The network’s NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby has been pulled off the air after being charged with a felony over a domestic incident with his estranged wife in Amherst, N.Y.. Barnaby’s been linked romantically to ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle, who appeared live on stage at the event. He pleaded not guilty to five criminal charges and apologized for the “unfortunate incident” with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

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Matthew Barnaby Arrested Following Domestic Abuse Incident

from T.J. Pignataro of the Buffalo News,

Matthew Barnaby, the former rough-and-tumble Buffalo Sabres forward-turned ESPN and TSN hockey analyst, is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday morning in Amherst Town Court on multiple charges stemming from a domestic violence incident this evening in Getzville, Amherst Police said.

Barnaby, 38, was charged by Amherst Police with criminal mischief, criminal trespass, harassment, criminal contempt and aggravated harassment after a domestic-related incident involving two victims, according to Amherst Lt. Tom Ratzel.

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Update 12:35am ET: From Josh Krulewitz at ESPN (via TSN)—

“We just learned of this so it would be inappropriate for us to comment.”

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Afternoon Line

“I am very, very excited about coming back home to ESPN, where I have had so many great years.  I look forward to analyzing people being fired, rather than being the guy fired.”

—Barry Melrose via The Daily Gazette

In his return to the network, Melrose will be joining Matthew Barnaby.

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Barnaby Becomes Official Today On ESPN

from Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,

ESPN will announce today that Matthew Barnaby will succeed Barry Melrose as its NHL studio analyst, a development The Buffalo News reported last month.

Barnaby will debut on SportsCenter Oct. 8 and usually appear on the show Wednesdays and Thursdays during the regular season.

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