Matthew Barnaby Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

One of ESPN’s most public NHL faces spent Friday night behind bars. According to the Buffalo News, former NHLer (for a number of teams, most notably the Sabres) Matthew Barnaby was arrested on domestic violence charges after an incident this evening in Western New York at about 6:15 p.m. ET that involved two as-of-yet unidentified women (though it has been confirmed that neither were Barnaby’s ESPN anchor girlfriend Michelle Beadle), according to WIVB-TV in Buffalo. The charges leveled against the former NHL pugilist include the following:

  • Criminal mischief
  • Criminal trespass,
  • Harassment
  • Criminal contempt
  • Aggravated harassment
We are NOT going to pass judgement on Barnaby, as it would not be prudent to do so until he has been proven guilty in a court of law. This man is going to hear every insult in the book levied at him before a word is spoken in court (if this even makes it to trial), I don’t plan to add my voice to the chorus. That all said, ESPN may be forced to cut ties to the analyst regardless, as the stigma associated with domestic violence will likely follow Barnaby around no matter what. It makes me sick to my stomach to have to post this at all.
For their part, ESPN released this brief statement to SI’s Richard Deitsch, “We just learned of it so it would be inappropriate to comment.” Common sense would expect ESPN to keep Barnaby off the air for at least the rest of the post-season, and likely let this play out over the summer, with a firing certain should he be proven guilty. For now, we assume nothing about Barnaby’s guilt until that does happen.

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9 Responses to Matthew Barnaby Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

  1. nosferatu says:

    Just from a logistical standpoint for ESPN, this is especially bad news for their coverage the rest of the postseason, as it comes right on the heels of EJ Hradek announcing his departure for NHL Network immediately.

  2. Patrick says:

    Why do u refer ur blogs as we….u r the only one who writes for this site? R u speaking for fans now when u say we?

  3. Chris S says:

    I don’t think he’ll be on TSN anymore either.

  4. John LA says:

    He should be fired, ESPN fired Harold Reynolds for far less

  5. kevin says:

    Anything that makes ESPN look bad is good. The guy was a goon and why anyone would hire a clown to be an analyst is a joke. There are thousands of former actual players that know the game and have real credibility.

    • marv935 says:

      While I don’t want to judge Barnaby yet until the case is over, I agree with Kevin that there are thousands of former NHL players that can fit the role of ESPN hockey analyst, especially because the work only consists of thirty seconds to four minutes of on air time on Sports Center, because ESPN gives secondary status to the Stanley Cup playoffs compared to NBA playoffs and baseball highlights.
      Perhaps now ESPN will use Barry Melrose exclusively for the game analysis on Sports Center, or can use plenty of high profile players (Crosby comes to mind) from teams that have been eliminated from the playoffs in the role until a court decision is made on Barnaby.
      If Barnaby was a Versus or NBC hockey analyst, the impact of the story would have been greater.
      It appears on the surface- unless Barnaby is found not guilty- that his days in broadcasting are numbered, if not over.

      • John LA says:

        Whoa, I havent watched ESPN in years…do they actually care about baseball again? It seems like basketball and football 24/7

      • Colton says:

        Pretty sure the NHL won’t let any players or anybody who isn’t employed with ESPN do anything on camera with them. They are not affiliated with ESPN. They may grant an interview here or there, but nothing on camera unless it’s the SCF or ESPN themselves have sent a reporter out to where. Like what LeBrun does for their NHL page.

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