Fired ESPN hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby's drunken driving charge jeopardizes an agreement the former NHL player reached to avoid potential deportation following an arrest earlier this year.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita calls Barnaby's arrest this week ''a serious matter,'' and adds it could have consequences on the Canadian's status in the United States. The 38-year-old was fired by ESPN on Monday, a day after being charged with DWI near his suburban Buffalo home.
Sedita adds it's too early to determine whether he'll seek to reinstate five misdemeanor charges that were dropped as part of a deal he reached in July. That's when, Barnaby was ordered to complete 500 hours of community service in exchange for having charges dropped stemming from an argument he had with his estranged wife.