Sacramento Kings beat report: Lawsuit filed against officers for putting knee on trespasser at Golden One Ctr killing him

Golden One Center home of the Sacramento Kings; security camera still: Video from cameras at Golden One Center in Sacramento show Mario Matthews pinned to the floor by six police and security officers on the morning of July 2, 2019. One of the security officers put a knee on Matthews killing him which triggered a lawsuit by the Matthews family

By Charlie O

SACRAMENTO–Three Sacramento Police officers and three security guards at Golden One Center home of the Sacramento Kings pinned down a man who entered into the arena around 3 AM on the morning of July 2, 2019 in a lawsuit saying that the six officers unreasonably restrained Mario Matthews and killed him.

Matthews entered a propped door and actually got onto the floor of Golden One and started dancing and moving erratically and had to be escorted out to a hallway area where officers restrained and detained Matthews. It was at that point where Matthews was slammed to the floor in the Golden One hallway where one of the private guards put a knee on Matthews cutting off his breathing.

Matthews family filed a lawsuit saying that while during the restraint the guard put his knee on Matthews and were using unnecessary forced and he became unresponsive. Matthews was rushed to the hospital where he never regained consciousness. The amount of the lawsuit was not disclosed and what law firm is representing the Matthews family.

The lawsuit stated the Matthews family is holding the security officers and their company responsible, Golden One Center, Sacramento Police and the City of Sacramento. The lawsuit goes onto say Matthews, “needlessly died because he was unreasonably restrained by the combined efforts of three private security guards and three Sacramento Police Department officers.”

The Sacramento City Attorney’s office said they have received the lawsuit and are looking into the matter. The entire detainment of Matthews from handcuffing to his handling to putting a knee on his neck was video taped by in house security cameras at Golden One Center.

Charlie O is a beat writer for Sacramento Kings basketball and does Headline Sports at

Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: Redskins and Indians will eventually have to change the names; Push to get Landis name off MVP Award by players; plus more

mlb image: The American League Kenesaw Mountain Landis Award, some players have requested that the Landis name be removed from the award because Landis refused to integrate MLB

Daniel on Headlines pod:

1 What’s in a name? Redskins and Indians feeling pressure to rebrand themselves

2 Past MLB MVPs would like to see Kenesaw Mountain Landis’s name removed from the award

3 Dodgers pitcher David Price won’t play this season because of coronavirus; he’s not alone

4 Covid-19 issues in the NBA, Heat and Clippers shut down practice facility, Lakers and Pelicans assistants skipping NBA restart

5 RIP Gay Culverhouse, advocate for retired NFL players dealing with CTE

6 Multiple players on the St Louis Blues have tested positive for Coronavirus and practice on Friday was canceled. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the Blues had taken all the safety steps necessary.

Daniel Dullum does Headlines Sports podcasts each Sunday at

Headline Sports podcast with Charlie O: Will Bagley’s return put a shot in Sacramento’s arm?

On Headline Sports podcast with Charlie O:

#1 How important is it to have forward Marvin Bagley III to return, after playing 13 games with the Kings before he went out on an injury can Bagley live up to the expectation and be a help for Sacramento in the last eight games of the regular season?

#2 Bagley is noted as being one of the key players on the Kings roster does he need to step up his game and how grateful should he be to return after four months of a general shutdown due to the pandemic?

#3 With Bagley back will head coach Luke Walton have to do some line up scrambling, he does have Richaun Holmes, Nemanja Bjelica, Harry Giles III and Alex Len.

#4 This season the Kings were a team in transition and they can clean the glass and Charlie talk about the Kings half court defense which has been blamed for some loses and falls.

#5 Charlie talk about the Kings and the NBA’s chances to really get this thing off the ground and getting this season finished with the US having a king size spike?

Charlie O does Headline Sports every other Saturday at

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Kings new schedule out; Kings Parker playing tennis in Chicago after Covid-19 diagnosis

The Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox billboards the new Kings regular season schedule the last eight games starting July 31st though August 13th (NBC Sports image)

On Headlines podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony with Covid 19 spiking and no end in sight of flattening the curve how long do you see professional and college sports starting and then having to call it off.

#2 Tony it was just reported today that last Saturday the Sacramento Kings Jabari Parker was filmed playing tennis without a mask in Chicago after testing positive for Coronavirus last week Wednesday.

#3 Additionally Parker was seen at a restaurant but told the press that he fulfilled the shut in protocols for isolation but might have been in violation of the NBA shut in which is 14 days

#4 Taking a look at the Kings remaining eight regular season games just before post season starting July 31st through Aug 13th can the Kings do it? They’ve got some very tough opponents including Mavericks, Rockets, and Lakers.

#5 Tony talk about what this does for the fans watching at home, the players and the employees who work Kings games to finally be back.

Join Tony every other Thursday for Headline Sports podcasts at


Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: MLB determined to play season despite Covid spikes; 16 NBA players come up positive; plus more

You Tube file image: The New York Yankees will open their regular season against the Washington Nationals July 23rd to kick off the MLB season

Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum:

1 MLB season could continue even if Covid-19 outbreak forces teams to drop out

2 MLB season to open on July 23 with Yankees at Nationals

3 NBA: 16 of 302 players have tested positive for Covid-19; reveals opening night lineup at Disney World

4 Amazon buys naming rights to Seattle’s NHL arena

5 Group proposes to become NFL’s first Black team owners – and bring another team to Oakland

6 Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott sued by pool cleaner after alleged dog attack

Daniel Dullum does Headlines podcasts each Sunday at

Headline Sports podcast with David Zizmor: Kings Hield, Parker, and Len test positive for Covid-19; Gerould interim TV play by play announcer for Kings

Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker who tested positive for Coronavirus with teammates Buddy Hield and Alex Len puts the breaks on the Kings practices for now. (yahoo! file photo)

On Headlines pod with David:

#1 The Sacramento King’s guard Buddy Hield, forward Jabari Parker, and center Alex Len all have tested positive for Coronavirus. After the discovery it was suggested by a number of media outlets that the NBA should shut it down.

#2 The Sacramento Kings announced on Thursday that longtime radio play by play announcer Gary Gerould will be the team’s television interim play by play announcer while the team tries to find a replacement for former television play by play announcer Grant Napier who resigned after tweeting “All Lives Matter” which the Kings organization was under pressure to do something about Napier at the time.

David is filling in for London Marq Fridays for Headline Sports at


Headline Sports podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Ranadive says Disney bubble in Florida better than playing in Sacramento

Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said that playing in Orlando would be safer than in Sacramento because of the safety guidelines set up by the NBA for employees and players ( file photo)

On Headlines podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said that playing at the Disney World bubble in Orlando is the best way to go and that Ranadive said he’s confident this is better than playing at home.

#2 There will be 22 teams at the Disney World bubble a 113 page outline describes how safety steps will be in place to guide the players and their families during this first time bubble format which includes mask wearing at all times, hand washing, and social distancing.

#3 The Kings are in a three way tie with Portland and New Orleans going into these last eight regular season games in Florida how much of a long shot would you say the Kings are from getting that last and final coveted eighth spot?

#4 Jeremiah the Kings had some rough goes during the season before the shutdown which included an eight game skid and also two five game losing streaks has there been enough time that has gone by that the Kings can make these last few regular games interesting?

#5 One other possible advantage is the Kings had eight players in double figures with points per game averages led by De’Aaron Fox 20.4 per game and Buddy Hield with 19.8 per game.

Jeremiah is a Sacramento Kings beat reporter and joins Sports Talk every other Saturday night at

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Belmont Stakes one of the very few sports live; MLB negotiations

Tap with jockey John Valazquez is a favorite to win 6-1 in the Belmont Stakes this Saturday at American Grade Stakes Race (AP file photo)

On Headline Sports pod with London:

#1 London one of the very few sports that are live and with little doubt draw millions of fans who are starved for sports action of any kind the Belmont Stakes this Saturday the first of the Triple Crown races.

#2 The Belmont normally is the third race of the Triple Crown behind the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. The other differences in the Belmont as expected no spectators and the length will be 1 1/8 miles instead of the traditional 1 1/2 miles.

#3 Somewhere between 60-70 games the haggling continues with the MLB and the players union, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred proposed 60 games with full prorated pay to MLB players rep Tony Clark and the union has come back saying 70 games and they would have a deal.

#4 MLB also wants to have expanded playoffs with an extra round also with sponsors on the jerseys. These changes although nothing is officially announced are expected to be permanent to help raise revenue.

#5 Some of the NBA players are questioning if coming back is the right thing to do and not because of Coronavirus issues but is it the right thing to do with such racial strife happening in the US?

London joins Sportstalk each Friday for Headline Sports at

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: The facemask will remain in fashion if the NBA bubble opens up

Camping World Stadium in Orlando is part of the bubble for Major League Soccer for 24 teams and 36 games. Some of the players are questioning the lock down restrictions by the league with players staying in their hotel rooms with the exception of going to work at the stadium ( file photo)

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria:

#1 Tony the NBA and MLS will be in a bubble called Walt Disney World but as exciting as that may sound they won’t be taking in on the amusement park’s rides or entertainment but buttoned down at the Disney Hotels after workouts, practices and games for six weeks.

#2 There is a fear in returning back to the regular season for the MLS who are two games in before the Covid-19 shelter in and the NBA who are trying to finish the last eight regular season games before starting the playoff. That fear is that local workers at the arena and at the hotel do not have the same mandated requirements like the players. The NBA has maintained that the risks of getting sick by arena security, custodians, camera production crews, and others are low.

#3 Bill Hamid of the MLS’ DC United said that being restricted to going from the hotel and the stadium in Orlando would be like being locked up. Hamid said he talked about this from the beginning. The next question how will this plan work keeping players in their hotel rooms and then back out to the stadium?

#4 The Milwaukee Bucks have a real shot at winning the NBA Championship but for the Bucks Kyle Korver he said if the NBA’s black players feel like not playing is the best idea Korver said he’s in full support behind them. Korver added that he cared more about a change in society than a championship.

#5 In the NFL the tune is changing at least for quarterback Colin Kaepernick as Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that Kaepernick has the style that fits in with the Chargers offensive system and that the Chargers will be a team that will be running.

Join Tony every Thursday for Headline Sports

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: NBA players having second thoughts about returning

The Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard (12) and the Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving expressed their concerns about resuming the NBA season while they got opposing views from former Boston Celtic Kendrick Perkins and the Utah Jazz’ Ed Davis (AP photo)

On Headlines podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 The Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard agrees with the Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving saying that this is not the right time to return to play basketball when there are so many important issues going in society. Howard didn’t say basketball would be a distraction for the players but it would not be appropriate to return to play with a serious issues at hand.

#2 One former NBA player Kendrick Perkins who played with the Boston Celtics and also was a teammate of Irving’s said he disagrees with Irving naming a number of stars that want to return to play like LeBron, Chris Paul, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Anthony Davis to name a few. Perkins says Irving is lashing out and making a lot of noise and “Everytime I think of the guy I want to throw up”

#3 The other point being made by some of the players is that they will not have contact with anyone fans, friends, agents, business associates, sponsors, or the media no one for at least three months and such seclusion has them thinking twice about playing in the Disney World bubble.

#4 In what would be a huge publicity move on the part of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall and going against the wishes of President Donald Trump, Goodall is now encouraging a team to sign former NFL and San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick. With the political climate and Goodall saying he was wrong for punishing players who took a knee during the anthem under pressure from the White House Goodall wants to see Kaepernick signed onto an NFL team and soon.

#5 The return of the MLS will be a tournament style World Cup format will have teams playing games divided by East and West conferences, playing 34 games amongst 26 teams. Each team will face each team one game home and one away.

Barbara does Headline Sports each Tuesday night at