CHELSEA — Fresh off his team winning the NBA championship, pro basketball star Matt Barnes was sentenced to 10 days of community after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with a Chelsea nightclub brawl, prosecutors said.
The Golden State Warriors player had been charged with assault and criminal obstruction of breathing after being accused of choking a woman and punching a man at Avenue nightclub, at 116 10th Ave. near West 17th Street, last December, a complaint filed with the Manhattan District Attorney’s said.
But after an investigation that included interviewing witnesses and reviewing video surveillance, Barnes was allowed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct instead, prosecutors said.
Several people involved in the incident were never arrested, and Barnes had no prior criminal history in New York, according to the DA’s office.
Barnes is expected to appear in court with an update on his community service on Aug. 29, prosecutors added.
His attorney Alex Spiro on Tuesday maintained Barnes was “cleared of criminal wrongdoing and has agreed to accept responsibility for the violation.”
“He readily welcomed the opportunity to give his time to juvenile justice issues in California,” Spiro wrote in an email.
Barnes's Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals earlier this month.