As you may have heard by now, Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes and New York Knicks head coach got into a bit of an altercation this weekend over Barnes’ estranged wife Gloria Govan. Fisher, who coached the Knicks 2015-16 debut last night at Madison Square Garden, refused to speak on the matter to the media.
That hasn’t stopped Barnes from sharing his side of the story. According to ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne, it was Barnes’ son who prompted the Grizzlies forward to drive 95 miles to his former home to come see about Fisher. Shelburne says Barnes said he was in Marina Del Ray when he got a text from his 6-year-old son Carter around 10 p.m. that had him concerned.
Barnes had called Carter on Facetime to check on him. “I’m like, first of all, why are you still up? It’s like 10 o’clock at night?’ ” Barnes said. “So I text back, ‘I love you and I miss you, too.’” Then I Facetimed him. I’m just like, ‘Hey, what’s up buddy?’”
“When I saw his face I knew something was wrong,” Barnes told Shelburne. “His head was down on the couch” and he said, ‘Mommies friend Derek is here,” Barnes continued to explain. “We were on Facetime. I could see him and the look on his face.” Barnes said of Carter. “That was my main reason for going over there. I can’t believe people think I was some maniac driving 95 miles and listening to Tupac to go beat somebody up,” Barnes said. “I live 15 minutes away and I was going over to check on my kids because they seemed uncomfortable. ”
Barnes declined to comment on the actual specifics of the altercation, but TMZ is reporting that both men were bleeding as a result of the altercation and it took several people to separate the two including Govan. “We were close. We were friends. Some things have happened to change that. It is what it is.”
It should go without saying, but the fact that Barnes’ son was what prompted this altercation doesn’t make this story the least bit funny anymore, does it?
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