AMHERST, NY ( release / WKBW / ESPN.com ) Former Sabre Matthew Barnaby issued a statement Saturday after spending Friday night in an Amherst jail. He was arraigned Saturday morning after being arrested Friday night shortly after 7:05p.m.
Mr. Barnaby was charged with Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, Harassment, Criminal Contempt, and Aggravated Harassment.
Published reports indicate Barnaby pled "not guilty" to the charges.
The charges stem from a domestic related incident which involved two victims.
ESPN.com published this statement from the hockey star who appears as an analyst on the sports cable network:
"The past few months have been difficult on our entire family, as my wife and I decided to seperate and divorce," Barnaby said in a statement. "Last evening,( Friday ) 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."
ESPN.com reports "We just learned of this so it would be inappropriate for us to comment," ESPN spokesperson Josh Krulewitz said. The network is looking into the matter.
He played for seven NHL teams in 15 seasons, retiring in 2007.