New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, 41, was attacked in Los Angeles by Memphis Grizzlies player Matt Barnes, 35, who allegedly drove 95 miles to “beat the s—t out of him” when he found out the Derek was sleeping with his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.
The 6-foot-7 Barnes, took a break from his team’s California training camp Saturday when he notified that Derek was with Gloria ex Basketball Wives LA star Gloria, in the home he once shared with her.
The NBA is now investigating the off-court brawl.
Allegedly Matt’s 6-year-old twin sons Carter and Isaiah called him on Saturday to tell him that Derek was at the house.
“Matt went crazy. He got in his car and went to the house and went after Fisher. Matt then drove down there to beat the s— out of him,” a source said.
Matt found Derek, Gloria and about 10 other people around a bonfire in the backyard, sources said.
Derek and Matt were teammates on the L.A. Lakers for two seasons.
A fight erupted between the 235-pound Matt and Derek, who weighs in at 200 pounds.
The police were called to the scene, but Derek, left before they arrived and won’t be pressing charges..
After the fight, Matt allegedly, sent a text message to a friend which states he assaulted Derek and took revenge on Gloria.
“I kicked his ass from the backyard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.
A source close to Fisher confirmed the fight, but insisted it wasn’t as one-sided as Barnes claimed.
“Matt came after Derek but he only had a few scratches. Derek’s not going to press charges, he’s going to let it go,” the source says.
Gloria was planning to file a restraining order against her estranged husband, sources said.
Reps for Barnes and Govan didn’t return requests for comment, but the Grizzlies issued a statement saying it was “aware and currently gathering information regarding” The Post’s online exclusive, revealing the incident.
Derek was asked about Saturday’s incident, and said: “My state of mind like I talked to the guys a few minutes ago is personal, and private matters are personal and private. I’ve been through a lot in life. Sometimes we go through things we can’t or can control. I’m here. I’m focused. It’s not something that’s going to take me away from what we’re trying to do.”
Matt filed for divorce in January, In August, he claimed that he had been dating pop star Rihanna and that they’d gone “past the crush stage” — but she denied it in an Instagram post that featured hashtags including #thedevilisaliar, #shesneverevenmetyou and #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings.
Sources state that Derek began dating Gloria a few months ago, and on Sept. 27, a Twitter user with the handle @alexiss_henry tweeted: “I spy Derek Fisher with Matt Barnes’ kids.”
In March, Derek filed for divorce from his wife, Candace, a month after celebrating their 10th anniversary.
Candace and Derek share twin sons with, says she was blindsided by the divorce papers and discovered that he had secretly moved his belongings out of their New York apartment when she went to check on it.
In 2012, Matt was arrested for allegedly threatening a California police officer who recognized him for an outstanding warrant for driving with a suspended license. He was also arrested in 2010 on suspicion of felony domestic violence against Gloria, who was his fiancee at the time. She denied that he had abused her during a fight at their home, and the charge was later dropped.
Matt met Gloria when she was 12, and they started dating in 2006, when he played for the Golden State Warriors. The couple married in 2012 and separated in September.
Source: NY Post
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