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Matthew Barnaby's love life just can't stay out of the penalty box. Less than two years after he was arrested for harassing his ex-wife, the 39-year-old former NHL troublemaker and shitcanned ESPN hockey analyst filed suit this week in the New York State Supreme Court to get back both the $50,000 diamond engagement ring and the Cadillac Escalade he bought for the girlfriend he had dated most of last year. (Yes, sometime between the end of his marriage and his time with this ex-girlfriend, Barnaby reportedly also dated Michelle Beadle.) The Buffalo News described the ex-girlfriend named in the suit, 25-year-old Amber Lindke, as a "former beauty queen" who was named Miss Niagara County in 2005 and Miss Buffalo in 2007. She must have had some competition.


Lindke and Barnaby lived together from January 2012 until they broke up in September. According to what the Buffalo News gleaned from the suit, Barnaby possesses the 2008 Escalade but he had signed the title over to Lindke last January, after his license was suspended for a DWI—an incident in which police say he drove nine miles without one of his Porsche's front wheels. No money changed hands in the vehicle transaction, but Barnaby maintains that he continued to pay the insurance. The engagement ring was given to Lindke when Barnaby proposed sometime over the summer, though the couple can't even agree on what month that happened.


Lindke's lawyer said the SUV was "a gift," and that Lindke intends to keep both the Escalade and the ring. Oh, Lindke also intends to file a countersuit alleging that Barnaby owes her money for work she had done creating his website, which is a thing that actually exists.

Barnaby may have standing to get the ring back under New York state law, according to the Buffalo News, which also said Barnaby now works as a youth hockey coach.


[Buffalo News]

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