Basketball Wives just got a little bit more intense with this love triangle. NBA player Matt Barnes allegedly attacked New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher at the home of Barnes’ estranged wife, Basketball Wives LA star Gloria Govan, this past weekend.
According to ESPN and the New York Post, the Memphis Grizzlies forward, 35, initiated the physical altercation with Fisher on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Govan’s home in L.A. A source told the Post, which first broke the story, that Barnes supposedly drove 95 miles to “beat the sh-t” out of Fisher after learning that the coach was dating his wife.
The tipping point for Barnes was allegedly when his 6-year-old twin sons, Isaiah and Carter, told their dad that Fisher was at Govan’s home. “Barnes went crazy. He got in his car and went to the house and went after Fisher,” one source told the Post. “Matt then drove down there to beat the s–t out of him.”
Us Weekly can confirm that the Basketball Wives beauty, 45, and Fisher, 41, have been seeing each other since at least this past summer. An eyewitness saw the pair on a romantic vacation at the Capella in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, this past July.
Barnes and Fisher who played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2010 to 2012, were supposedly once “very close,” a former teammate told ESPN on Wednesday.
According to Yahoo, Barnes arrived at the home to find his estranged wife with his former friend in the backyard along with other family and friends. The fight then reportedly went from the backyard, through the home to the kitchen, and ended at the front of the house.
Fisher — who filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years, Candace, in March — reportedly showed up to practice on Tuesday without any physical sign of injury. According to ESPN, the coach told Knicks officials that he enjoyed time with his kids this past weekend. He also refused to address the issue on Wednesday during a presser.
“Personal and private matters are personal and private. We’re obviously public figures, but we’re at work,” Fisher told reporters. “So I won’t be commenting on anything that’s happened personally or privately for me. So my state of mind is that we have a game tonight and nothing that I’ve experienced has anything to do with how we perform tonight. I’m completely focused and committed to the team, not distracted in any way. And that’s about it as far as my state of mind.”
According to ESPN, the Grizzlies, the Knicks, and the NBA are aware of the altercation, and are currently investigating the incident.
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