The great thing about this story is that if you hear "NBA player attacks NBA head coach during barbecue" you would normally scream "What?!" and your jaw would drop. You hear that Matt Barnes is involved, and you kind of nod and say "Oh, that makes sense."
The New York Post reports that the Memphis Grizzlies forward drove to the house where Govan and her new beau, New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, were having a bonfire, and got into a fight with him.
Yup. From the Post:
Sources said Fisher was at the LA home of Gloria Govan — Barnes' estranged wife, who stars on “Basketball Wives LA” — on Saturday. Fisher and Govan have been dating for “a few months,” a source said, after Fisher filed to divorce his wife of 10 years, Candace, in March.
But when Barnes learned that Fisher was at his former home with Gloria, he drove 95 miles to LA to “beat the s–t” out of Fisher, sources said.
“Derek was in Gloria's back yard with about 10 people having a bonfire on Saturday,” said a source. “Derek's separated from his wife and there's a relationship with [Gloria].”
The source added, “Barnes was in Santa Barbara [at Memphis Grizzlies training camp] and heard that Fisher was in his house. He went crazy. He got in his car and went to the house and went after Fisher.”
Another source said, “Someone told Matt that Fisher was at the house and he drove down there — he went over to confront Derek.”
A source close to Fisher confirmed the fight but said, “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.”
Yahoo Sports reports that NBA security has been made aware. I'm going to bet they're not going to be super happy with a player crashing a bonfire at his own house and beating up a coach. It's just not a good look. Fisher gets dragged into this, but Barnes and Govan have been headed for divorce for a few months, with the reality TV star confirming as much in April.
Barnes, on the other hand, has been suggesting that he's had an ongoing relationship with Rihanna. Barnes has had a number of on and off-court issues throughout the years that have resulted in NBA fines and suspensions. If this story is true, as it appears to be, you can bet he'll be hearing from the league soon.