Matt Barnes and Snoop Dogg hosted a celebrity flag football game at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, CA on Sunday, August 18, 2013. The event was to benefit the Athletes vs. Cancer program Barnes started together with his wife Gloria Barnes in 2008.
A handful of celebrities and athletes were on hand for the game, as hundreds of eager fans watched their favorite NBA players take the football field. Barnes’ LA Clippers teammates Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Ryan Hollins joined him on the field. DeMar DeRozan, Nick Young and Metta World Peace were also in attendance, playing for Snoop Dogg’s team.
The game was close until the end, as the NBA stars proved they could get it done on the gridiron as well as the hardwood. Former NFL player Rodney Peete, who played quarterback for Team Snoop, was surprised with how well the NBA players adapted to football.
“What’s amazing is athletes are athletes no matter what sport,” Peete said. “There were some great plays by some basketball players, especially Matt Barnes. He could play secondary, wide receiver or DB on anybody’s team right now.”
Former NBA player Kareem Rush, who was there supporting his longtime friend, agreed with Peete’s analysis.
“Matt surprised me, he could be a great receiver in the league,” Rush said. “It’s fun just to be out here and support the cause.”
Though Barnes was able to showcase his receiving skills by scoring a few touchdowns; it was Team Snoop that ultimately prevailed. Two late touchdowns from World Peace and an interception for Young sealed the 63-56 victory.
“It went down to the wire the way it should have,” Peete said. “We felt some of the calls went against us and it was a little biased, but we prevailed.”
Fans poured onto the field after the game to meet their favorite stars and get autographs. Cancer survivors from UCLA hospital were all smiles, as they took a group picture with all the players.
“We are working with children and teenagers that have been struck by cancer, just to bring smiles to their faces,” Barnes said. “Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it affects everybody. Everybody knows someone that’s been affected by cancer, so we do what we can to give back.”
“Matt’s mom passed away from cancer and both my parents are cancer survivors,” Gloria Barnes said. “Cancer hit us hard and close to home, so we do anything we can do to bring awareness to this epidemic.”
Athletes vs. Cancer hosts numerous charity sporting events throughout the year in an effort to raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer.