It’s been a tough weekend for ESPN hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby. The former Buffalo Sabre was arrested Friday after a dispute with his estranged wife and another male in Amherst, NY.
The 38-year-old pleaded not guilty to five counts including felony criminal mischief. After leaving the jail yesterday, Barnaby is expected back in court on Wednesday.
In a statement released through his attorney, Barnaby had this to say:
“The past few months have been difficult on our entire family, as my wife and I decided to separate and divorce. Last evening, there was an unfortunate disagreement between us regarding a family matter. There was never any physical violence or threat of physical violence involved. I would like to ask that everyone respect our privacy during this difficult time, and hope that this will be resolved quickly and amicably.”
Barnaby is reportedly dating fellow ESPN-er Michelle Beadle. The vivacious Beadle co-hosts SportsNation on ESPN2. One has to wonder if the Michelle will still have him after this incident.