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Playing the Field: Matt Barnes is arrested and Paulina Gretzky makes a cameo

In the least surprising arrest of the past month, former Lakers small forward Matt Barnes was tossed in the clink Monday night for an outstanding traffic warrant. The man-with-the-neck-tattoo (wonderful film) then proceeded to allegedly cuss out the officers making the arrest.

Pretty routine stuff here. Nothing to see.

That is until Barnes flashed an all-timer mug shot smile. Go ahead and call it the reverse Nolte if you like.

But there is a maddening aspect to Barnes’ reverse Nolte. I just couldn’t figure out where I had seen that grin before. I slaved over this for minutes and minutes and a few more seconds until I came back to the one man that everything finally comes back to:

Peter Dante.

What, not familiar with Dante’s work? He’s the guy whose name you don’t know that’s been in every bad Adam Sandler mail-in of the past 15 years. Everyone at once … “oh, THAT guy.”

Yup, THAT guy.

While I initially want to hate Dante, it’s really difficult to bash someone whose biggest role to date was that of the aptly named “Peter” in “Little Nicky.” A man has to eat.

Plus Dante, a West Hartford, Conn. native, recently brought Paulina Gretzky to the East Coast (he’s dating her hot friend … or something like that) to take in a Red Sox game and, of course, go swimming (as seen above)! Fun for all!

Grappling with ethics

Not a good overall night for World Wrestling Entertainment Monday. First, its giant screen/entrance ramp caught on fire due to pyrotechnics right before the show began.

Oh, and then some wrestling manager named “A.W.” made a timely Kobe Bryant rape joke.

Sadly, WWE apologized for both incidents. If Vince McMahon were still fully in charge, and not his half-wit daughter Stephanie, there would have been no apologies. Just belly laughs on top of belly laughs on top of belly laughs.

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