Matt Barnes: “I Was Checking On My Sons, Not Confronting Derek Fisher”

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Memphis Grizzlies player Matt Barnes spoke to ESPN today and states that he went to estranged wife Gloria Govan’s home to check on his 6-year-old twin sons, and not to confront former team mate, New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

Matt claims he was at home in Marina del Ray when at approximately 10 pm on Saturday night he received a text message from his son Carter that concerned him.

“I’m like, first of all, why are you still up? It’s like 10 o’clock at night?’ 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?’ Now, Carter is like the rambunctious one. He’s always jumping off the walls. And when I saw his face, he was just sitting there and I knew something was wrong. I was like, ‘What’s wrong, Carter?’ and he shook his head, ‘No.’ Then he lays his head down on the couch, puts a pillow in front of his face and says, ‘Mommy’s friend Derek is here. This wasn’t a phone call. We were on FaceTime. I could see him and the look on his face.”

Matt says he lives about 15 minutes away from Gloria. The family had traveled together from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles earlier in the day after Barnes completed training camp with the Grizzlies. Previous reports indicated Matt drove from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to confront Derek and Gloria.

“I can’t believe people think I was some maniac driving 95 miles and listening to Tupac to go beat somebody up. No. I live 15 minutes away and I was going over to check on my kids because they seemed uncomfortable. That was my main reason for going over there,” Matt continued.

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