“These Are Children. They’re Not Paychecks.” Matt Barnes Has A Message For Blac Chyna And Others Seeking Excessive Child Support Checks

November 17, 2018  |  

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Shortly after being awarded sole legal and physical custody of his twin sons from ex-wife Gloria Govan, retired NBA star Matt Barnes had time to come for reality show personality, Blac Chyna. The two had a heated exchange in the comments’ section of a post on The Shaderoom’s Instagram about Rob Kardashian filing legal documents to lower his child support payment of $20K to Blac Chyna for Dream, the former couple’s 2-year-old daughter.

Barnes commented with a fist emoji which many assumed showed solidarity and support to the Kardashian sibling. Blac Chyna dismissed the jab with a simple comment stating, “ i don’t know know bruh mind your own business loser !” And after the blog posted a screenshot of the exchange, Barnes added some extra sauce to his original sentiment with a harsh, “Back to the Pole you goooooo,” reminding users of Blac Chyna’s humble beginnings as an exotic dancer in the days before she met rapper Tyga, whom she shares a six-year-old son named Cairo with.

Some time later, Barnes took to Instagram to post a story unpacking his thoughts in detail behind the whole exchange without mentioning Blac Chyna by name. Barnes who won a championship with the Golden State Warriors before retiring in 2017 shared he feels the family court system is broken, and wealthy celebrity fathers are paying an expensive price to peacefully co-parent:

“I haven’t even looked at the comments and really seen what’s going on, but we have a broken system and we all know that.”

“She wants to get mad because I threw a fist up, supporting a fellow dude going through some custody s—? That’s on her. I’m not tripping off that.”

“We know the system is broken. It don’t cost $60,000, $50,000, $40,000, $20,000 to raise no children. We all know that. Most of these women are out here buying cars, bags, taking vacations off that child support money. So if I wanna support another dude going through some bulls—, I’mma [do that].”

“At the end of the day, keep it real, all I did was put a fist up. I didn’t comment on the situation because I really don’t know it,” Barnes said. “I’m just supporting bro because I know it don’t cost that much to raise no godd— baby. So if that made you mad, f— you. F— whoever else it made mad. That’s just what it is.”

He also took some accountability adding that men like himself should take some of the blame:

“It’s sad that women these days use kids as paychecks. That’s partly our blame because our stupid asses get these women pregnant. But these are children. They’re not paychecks. A lot of you women out there use these kids for paychecks, and we coming for y’all asses.”

“I’m speaking from personal experience.”

In a caption from a deleted video, Blac Chyna shared she wasn’t fazed and is doing great with or without Kardashian’s help, although it isn’t clear whether the message was directed at Barnes or not. She made sure to include her Roll Royce, Ferrari and Bentley vehicles to drive home her point in and a now deleted video:

“Work Hard , Play Harder !!! My s— !!! No Help !!! No Child Support !!! Stop the F—— Lies !!!”

I’m torn. I agree with Barnes that many of these men need to approach pro-creation and sexual intercourse with more caution and stop putting themselves in positions to start families with women before they even learn what their favorite color is. These children deserve better than a life witnessing their parents battle in court and beef on social media from the very beginning of their lives. However, these women and their children would be entitled to certain financial lifestyle if they were still romantically linked with these wealthy men, and taking trips and buying designer luggage as a family unit, so why do different rules apply when the parents are no longer together? Still, I think it’s naive to believe there aren’t women out here whose whole life plans revolve around getting pregnant by a celebrity who will then be financially obligated to them in some way for a large portion of the future. It may not be the norm, but to say it’s never happening is hard to believe.

Either way, we hope between all this finger-pointing and blame these kids are getting a message that life, love and support are about more than what’s being deposited into a bank account.

You can watch Matt Barnes plead his case below:

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