Matt Barnes On Racial Slur In Tweet: That Is How We Talk

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LOS ANGELES ( — The Clippers’ big win Wednesday over Oklahoma City has been overshadowed by the Twitter rant that forward Matt Barnes went on after getting ejected for the first time this season.

The veteran forward, who is of mixed race, continued to face questions Friday on why he used a racial slur — often known as the “n” word —in a tweet. Barnes was fined $25,000 by the league for his actions.

“I think that my mistake was to use it in a social manner, which I regret and apologize for,” Barnes said at practice.

“But you guys have to get used to it. This is a new day and age. I think when you put an ‘er’ at the end, that could make people cringe, but if you put an ‘a,’ that’s like saying ‘bro.’ That is how we talk.”

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