For those unaware, former New York Ranger and current ESPN analyst Matthew Barnaby was arrested on Friday for what is being classified as a “domestic dispute.” Barnaby is going through a divorce and apparently got into a heated fight with his wife, though there was physical contact. ESPN has basically refused to comment on the matter. Here is Barnaby’s statement:
“The past few months have been difficult on our entire family, as my wife and I decided to seperate 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.”
Cool. It’s a good thing this happened. I was becoming worried that ESPN might have too many hockey analysts on staff and spent way too much time covering it. This should open up some much needed space for more coverage of Brett Favre and Tiger Woods.
But really, ESPN refused to comment on the situation, probably because it would require them to actually discuss something remotely related to hockey for more than 10 seconds.