Barnes' use of epithet is complicated

Clippers forward is painfully aware of the word's force and ugliness

Updated: November 14, 2013, 4:18 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Matt Barnes knew what he was saying.

"I love my teammates like family," Barnes tweeted just minutes after he was kicked out for fighting during the Clippers' win over the Thunder on Wednesday night. "But Im DONE standing up for these n---as! All this s--- does is cost me money."

Barnes understands the powerful connotation of that despicable word. He is not ignorant. In fact, he might understand the depth, force and ugliness of that word as well as anyone in the NBA. He has seen ...

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