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Did Matt Barnes go too far by beating Derek Fisher for dating Gloria Govan?


Matt Barnes was a man on mission. After discovering that his ex-teammate, Derek Fisher, was at the home of his estranged wife, Gloria Govan, Barnes drove three hours to confront Fisher.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Barnes was practicing in Santa Barbara, California, with the Memphis Grizzles when we he went on the road trip to Govan’s home. When he arrived at the home, Barnes began fighting Fisher and left “a few scratches” on the New York Knicks head coach.

Barnes and Govan separated last year and some believe that it affected his game on the court. Although Barnes currently looks like a madman who can’t control his emotions, some may believe that he confronted Fisher for breaking an unwritten guy code.

If Barnes considered Fisher to be a good friend while they were teammates, Barnes likely felt betrayed by Fisher. It’s inappropriate to date a friend’s estranged wife if there appears to still be a connection between the two. Barnes still has deep feelings for Govan and likely has a notion that they will get back together at some point. However, if Govan has truly moved on with her life, it’s time for Barnes to let go and worry about business on the court.

Either way, Fisher should probably leave Govan alone for the time being because it appears to be a toxic situation. The NBA season has yet to officially start and it’s already resembling a drama-filled reality show.


  1. Public_Programming on October 8, 2015 at 11:25 am

    5 minutes ago he was lying about dating Rihanna all over the internet. This dude needs to get his life.

    • VLF on October 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      True that…get a life and move on. If your friend goes after your ex then he probably wasn’t a real friend.

  2. Vandellish on October 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    He probably went too far but I don’t think he was wrong for confronting him. It was bad timing and shouldn’t have resorted to violence.
    No man wants his friend dating his ex and if it’s going to happen it shouldn’t be behind his back.

  3. FuZ on October 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Why weren’t both of them in training camp? Why would it take 3 hours to drive 95 miles? Obeying all of the speeding laws?

  4. Ben Hill on October 9, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Gloria should take all the blame. She knew what she was doing by sleeping with matt’s ex-friend. She probably dated derek to make matt barnes upset. silly trick!

  5. cAkez on October 13, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Or, you are a rich ball player… plenty of other sexy women out there who cares. Derek fisher wont have a job at the end of the year anyway.

  6. ceeceebaker on October 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Everyone handles things differently. Looking back, I hope he realizes it is not worth it. Hopefully they can move pass this and get a divorce.