The professional sports arena is messier than any reality show these days.
Matt Barnes became a trending topic on Wednesday after reports that he drove 95 miles to his estranged wife Gloria Govan’s Los Angeles home to “beat the sh*t” out of former teammate and current Knicks coach, Derek Fisher. According to Page Six, Barnes’ six-year-old sons called to tell him that Fisher was at their house. Reportedly, Barnes dropped everything after receiving the call and hit the road. It’s reported that he arrived at the home around 11:45 p.m., which is when the alleged fight broke out. Apparently, Govan was not off limits during the incident, as some reports claim that Barnes “spit in her face.”
Representatives for the estranged couple have not commented on the incident, but the NBA has acknowledged that something went down between the former teammates. The incident is currently under investigation, according to a spokesperson for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Fisher flew to California Saturday afternoon to see his children. The Knicks had Sunday off, but the player-turned-coach missed practice on Monday due to travel issues, ESPN reports. He did, however, make it to Wednesday’s night’s preseason match.
When questioned about the incident and what may have fueled it following the game, Fisher had this to say:
“Personal and private matters are personal and private. We’re obviously public figures, but we’re at work. So I won’t be commenting on anything that’s happened personally or privately for me.”
He did, however, reveal that he spoke with Knicks players regarding the possible altercation.
“I wanted to make sure that before they were asked about it at least that they heard from me directly about my state of mind and how present I am,” Fisher said. “I’ve been through a lot in life and experienced a lot of things. And sometimes we go through things in life that we can or cannot control. I’m here; I’m focused. It’s not something that’s going to take me away from who we are and what we’re trying to do. And I assured them of that. The only way to do that is to go out and do your job, and that’s what we’re going to do tonight.”
“It kind of caught everybody off guard,” said Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. “Nobody really knew what was going on. Still, nobody knows the details of what’s happening.”