Former Ranger Matthew Barnaby Arrested For Allegedly Choking Bouncer

Set To Appear In Court Later This Month

Alec Gearty
March 05, 2020 - 2:05 pm
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Former Rangers enforcer Matthew Barnaby was arrested early Thursday morning in Nashville. 

Barnaby, who retired from the NHL in 2007, allegedly choked a bouncer and was charged with assault and public intoxication, according to Scoop Nashville. The 46-year-old is scheduled to appear in court in late March as a result of the altercation, which also involved Barnaby's girlfriend and other patrons, per the report. 

The assault charge carried a bond worth $5,000 compared to the $1,000 bond for public intoxication, according to the case details

Nashville police noticed "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" on Barnaby's breath and the bouncer intended to press charges, said TMZ

Former Rangers enforcer Matthew Barnaby was arrested in Nashville
Metro Nashville Police Department

Barnaby spent three of his 14 NHL seasons with the Rangers — from 2001-2004. Upon his retirement from the league, Barnaby, who finished his career with 2,562 penalty minutes, became a hockey analyst at a variety of outlets. 

In 2011, Barnaby plead guilty to driving while intoxicated. Barnaby, who worked at ESPN at the time, was fired from his position with the company.

He currently hosts a podcast centered on the NHL, according to his social media profile, at DeanBlundell.com. Blundell released a statement shortly after Barnaby's arrest. 

"We started getting calls from Nashville news outlets this morning and I’m not going to sewer, my friend," Blundell said. "I love Matthew but he’s a wildcard and I have to think there’s some serious soul searching going on right now. I’ve only been around Matthew sober. I love the guy but he had some issues a few months ago, so we parted ways. He’s a father and a friend to many and he’s sick. Pray for the cat before you judge him."

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