Instant access to a global audience and any sort of impulse control issue is a bad combination. So when Matt Barnes got back to the Los Angeles Clippers locker room slightly before the rest of his teammates at halftime of their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, after having been ejected for an altercation with Serge Ibaka, he probably should have spent more time talking to the twins, and less time on his iPhone.

Bill Murray once said to Punxsutawny Phil "Don't drive angry!" Well, a good corollary to that advice is "Don't tweet angry" -- and really, that's just good advice for all of us.

Barnes' tweet -- since deleted -- made almost instant news. ESPN's J.A. Adande reported about it during the second half of the game. SportsCenter had it as their second story (admittedly because it was related to the top story of the Clippers win over the Thunder).

I'm sure you know already, but here's the edited version of what the tweet said:

I love my teammates like family, but I'm DONE standing up for these n*****! All this s*** does is cost me money..

Barnes will almost certainly be fined by the league for his use of the n-word on a public platform; we'll see if he's suspended. Kobe Bryant got a $100,000 fine (though no suspension) when cameras caught him using a gay slur towards a referee. And let's face it -- we don't need Grant Hill and Jared Dudley PSA's to explain to us that the n-word is not cool. Barnes didn't even have to be caught in the act -- he said what he said to the entire world.

But there's no one on the Clippers that's going to care now that it's done. Barnes is who he is. The irony of the tweet is that it's baloney in and of itself. We'd all be pretty happy if Barnes would actually put a little more thought into his confrontations -- but he won't. He's certainly not done standing up for his teammates.