Matthew Barnaby charged with DWI
CLARENCE, N.Y. -- 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.
Barnaby was arrested by members of the Erie County Sheriff's Department after deputies were called to respond to a Porsche Cayenne driving on its front rim, causing sparks. The Sheriff's Department said in a report that Barnaby failed several field sobriety tests and refused a breath test (which led to the revocation of his driver's license).
He was released to his attorney after being issued a summons to appear in court.
In May, Barnaby was accused of causing an estimated $300 in damage after kicking a garage door in an attempt to enter the suburban Buffalo home where his estranged wife and two children live, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita's office said. He pleaded not guilty to five charges and was ordered to complete 500 hours of community service to have charges dropped.
As part of the ruling, Barnaby also was issued a one-year order of protection from his wife. He was barred from taking what was described as any "offensive" action against his wife, and also was ordered to avoid contact with his wife's boyfriend, the DA's office said.
Barnaby also was ordered to continue attending anger management counseling.
As part of the plea agreement, the misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment were to be dropped if he fulfilled the judge's order within a year.
Barnaby broke into the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1992-93 season.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.
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