Former National Hockey League player Matthew Barnaby apologized for his “bad decisions” after pleading guilty to four violations connected to a drunken-driving arrest. The arrest resulted in Barnaby being fired from his job as an analyst for ESPN.
“I’m going to do my best, take the proper measures to make sure this does not happen again. I take full responsibility for everything that I’ve done,” Barnaby said.
Judge Michael Powers sentenced Barnaby to 100 hours of community service speaking to local school children about the dangers of alcohol abuse. Powers also sentenced Barnaby to alcohol abuse counseling and fines. The Canadian was fired by ESPN less than a day after his Dec. 5 arrest. He had worked as a hockey analyst for four years for ESPN. In reaching a plea agreement, Barnaby, who is originally from Ottawa, avoided a one year jail term, which would have jeopardized his status in the United States.