Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher rift update: ‘Matt showed up unannounced and started swinging,’ says Fisher

Matt Barnes has not seen the last of Derek Fisher, this after the former New York Knicks head coach published his version of the incident that happened last October in Los Angeles and insisted that he was the “victim.”

Fisher’s article on The Cauldron titled “Truth,” talks about him settling issues he had with the New York Knicks as the teams head coach and about the event between him and Matt Barnes over Gloria Govan.

In the article Fisher stated that he and Barnes played side-by-side during their Los Angeles Lakers days and was honest to say that they were not the best of friends on and off the court. In short, it was all business for the both of them.

“We played together for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2010–11 season, and a couple months in the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season. That’s it. That’s the history. During that time, we were teammates, and never had any issues. We never had any real relationship off the court, either. Our kids didn’t hang out, our families didn’t interact. There were no birthday parties. There were no post-game dinners. We weren’t friends and we had no mutual friends,”

Fisher also narrated that when he started dating Gloria Govan, Barnes ex-wife, he insisted that he never met Gloria in secret nor behind Barnes’ back. He learned that Gloria and Barnes were no longer together and were living separately for a year. He also hinted that the two were in no way getting back together and that he did not want a media frenzy about the matter.

“I don’t know what was going through Matt’s mind that day in October when he showed up unannounced at Gloria’s house, and started swinging. I didn’t retaliate. No one who was there did anything but try to get him to calm down, particularly because Matt and Gloria’s children were present. There was no fight. That’s it. There’s nothing more to what happened than that,” Fisher added.

He added that he had no intention of commenting on the incident since it will greatly affect Gloria and the kids. However, he relates that the incident made its way with the media and lots of speculations came out that questioned his reputation so also with Gloria. However, he thanked his fans, supporters and people who truly knew him as a person for the care and not be carried away with media reports.

“As far as I was concerned, it was something I was willing to let pass, and as a NBA head coach, I was more than aware that actions off the court might reflect upon many others beyond just me. I know I’m not perfect. I’m human and flawed. I’ve failed. I have shortcomings. Everybody does. That being said, I’ve been in the NBA and the public eye for 20 years. Plenty of people know me well, and they know my true character. I would not have been allowed to lead the teams I led without the character and integrity I possess,” Fisher explains.

Now that Fisher said his piece, people are edging to hear how Barnes will react to the article as the former shooting guard took a jab on him. Barnes just reacted with a post on Instagram.


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