Barnaby fired from ESPN after DWI charge

Matthew Barnaby has been charged with driving while intoxicated in Clarence, N.Y. (Getty Images...

Matthew Barnaby has been charged with driving while intoxicated in Clarence, N.Y. (Getty Images file photo)

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Former NHL bad boy Matthew Barnaby is in more legal hot water ... and out of work.

Barnaby, who spent a good portion of his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres, was charged with driving while intoxicated early Monday in Clarence, N.Y.

The new charges come just months after he avoided going to trial on a number of charges related to an argument he had with his ex-wife in May.

After his arrest, Barnaby was fired from his job as an NHL analyst with ESPN, where he had worked since 2008.

"We spoke with Matthew and informed him that we terminated his contract, effective immediately," an ESPN spokesman said on the broadcaster's website.

The Buffalo News reported that Barnaby is in danger of being deported back to Canada.

Around 3 o'clock Monday morning, Barnaby was seen driving his Porsche Cayenne without a front tire, causing sparks, Erie County sheriff's deputies said. There was also significant front-end damage to the vehicle.

After being pulled over by police, Barnaby failed several field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test, WGRZ TV reported. Because he refused to take the breath test, Barnaby's driver's licence was immediately revoked.

Barnaby was booked on the DWI charge and later released. He will appear in Clarence Town Court at a future date.

Last summer, Barnaby was ordered to perform 500 hours of community service to have misdemeanour charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment dropped. He was also told to take anger management classes.

Barnaby played 834 NHL games for seven teams from 1992-2007. He had 113 goals, 187 assists and 2,562 penalty minutes.


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