Sunday, May 22, 2022

Matt Barnes Suspended Two Games Over Derek Fisher Drama

(L-R) Matt Barnes, Gloria Govan, Derek Fisher
(L-R) Matt Barnes, Gloria Govan, Derek Fisher

*Matt Barnes will lose a couple of paychecks over his altercation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher last fall.

The Memphis Grizzlies forward was suspended two games without pay on Monday for what the league said was a “physical altercation” with Fisher and for “threatening” him.

The league investigated the Oct. 3 incident in Redondo Beach, California, between Barnes and Fisher — former teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2010-12.

The Grizzlies had just wrapped up a week of training camp, and a source told The Associated Press in October the incident occurred while Fisher attended “a gathering” at the home of Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

Page Six reported at the time that Barnes drove 95 miles to Govan’s house to “beat the sh*t” out of Fisher. Barnes said his six-year-old sons had called to tell him that Fisher was in their home. According to reports, Barnes arrived at the home and got into an altercation with Fisher.

Redondo Beach police responded to the incident but disclosed no information on the location or who was involved after finding no basis for criminal charges.

Barnes’ suspension will begin Tuesday night when the Grizzlies host Miami and includes Saturday night’s game at Utah. The Grizzlies were off Monday after playing back-to-back games over the weekend.




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