NASHVILLE, T.N. (WKBW) — Matthew Barnaby, a familiar name for Buffalo Sabres fans, has been arrested in Nashville, accused of assault and public intoxication.
According to a police report obtained by 7 Eyewitness News,the former Buffalo Sabres forward is accused of being involved in an altercation in a Nashville bar where Barnaby allegedly choked a bouncer, early Thursday morning.
The report states that Barnaby, his girlfriend and other patrons in the bar got into some type of fight that ended with Barnaby attacking the bouncer.
Arresting officers also observed that Barnaby had a "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath as well as red watery eyes and slurred speech."
Barnaby was taken into custody "without incident" and charged with the two crimes.
Baraby took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to address the incident.
A full statement will be coming soon but at this time I all I can say is that I believe the incident in question will be over and I will be vindicated very soon. Support has been overwhelming. Thank u— Matthew Barnaby (@MattBarnaby3636) March 5, 2020
Drafted by the Sabres in the fourth round of the 1992 NHL Draft, playing 344 regular season and postseason games. While Barnaby was on the team, the Sabres won a division championship in 1997. He left the Sabres for Pittsburgh in the 1998-99 season.
In 2011, Barnaby was fired from his role as an NHL analyst with ESPN following a DWI arrest in Clarence Center.