Former NBA forward Matt Barnes is doing very well for himself these days. Not only does he work for ESPN as an NBA analyst, but Barnes’ podcast with Stephen Jackson has blown up as well. The podcast is called All The Smoke.
It has been fascinating to watch Matt Barnes transition from being a “bad boy” in the NBA to a media member. However, his “bad boy” reputation will never escape him since he got into several fights in the NBA and jumped a fence at his own house and viciously punched former LA Lakers star Derek Fisher in the face in front of his ex-wife and kids.
Derek Fisher started dating Matt Barnes’ ex-wife
Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan had two kids with each other. They are twin boys, Carter and Isaiah. The couple married in 2012 but got divorced a few years later after things didn’t work out.
Before the start of the 2015-16 season, Barnes was traded by the LA Clippers to the Memphis Grizzlies. The small forward and Govan had an open line of communication since they wanted to be good parents. The Grizzlies had training camp in California, so Barnes called Govan and asked her to drop off the boys at the place he was staying at so he could hang out with them.
After hanging out with his boys for the weekend, Barnes drove back to LA with Govan in the passenger seat and his twins in the back. Barnes stopped the car at an oasis for everyone to get food, with Govan being the last one to enter the car.
Govan was talking to someone while she was walking back to the car, and her phone connected to the Bluetooth before she got back in. That’s when Barnes heard Derek Fisher’s voice, and Fisher was saying how much he missed Govan.
After Matt Barnes got back to his condo and Gloria Govan and the twins drove off to LA, things took a turn for the worse.
Matt Barnes drove to the house he used to share with Gloria Govan and beat up Derek Fisher
While Matt Barnes was hanging out at his condo and smoking weed, one of his twins FaceTimed him and didn’t seem to be in a good mood. When Barnes asked Carter what was wrong, the youngster said that Derek Fisher was at the house.
Barnes and Fisher were teammates on the Lakers, so Barnes felt betrayed that an ex-teammate would date his ex-wife and be around his kids without telling him. Also, keep in mind that Fisher and Govan are hanging out at the house that Barnes is still paying for.
Both of Barnes’ cars were already in Memphis, so he asked his roommate if he could take his Bentley. However, the Bentley had a flat tire, so Barnes had to drive slowly to a gas station to put air in the tire before driving from Marina Del Rey to Manhattan Beach, which is about a 15-minute drive.
Once he got to the house, Barnes jumped the fence since he no longer had keys. Gloria Govan was having a small party in the backyard, so Barnes headed to the back.
Barnes saw Fisher with his arm around Govan and viciously punched him. Fisher landed on the sliding glass door, and everyone at the party began screaming.
Fisher was the coach of the New York Knicks at the time. He lied to the franchise about missing a part of training camp so he could hang out with Govan.
The best part of this story is that Matt Barnes listened to Tupac in the Bentley the entire ride up from Marina Del Rey to Manhattan Beach to beat up Derek Fisher.
The NBA champions have moved past the incident
Derek Fisher proposed to Gloria Govan in April 2018. Matt Barnes and Fisher have moved past their fight since they have to be around each other a lot.
Matt Barnes averaged 8.2 points per game during his long NBA career. He won the 2017 championship as a member of the Golden State Warriors.
Meanwhile, Derek Fisher won five titles with the Lakers. He’s currently the head coach of the LA Sparks.