Oh boy! Matt Barnes is speaking out for the first time about his brawl with former friend and teammate Derek Fisher after he found out the ex Knicks coach was dating his estranged wife. He’s admitting he would have gone super hard if he hadn’t been pulled off Derek.
Uh oh! Matt Barnes, 36, is finally opening up about his infamous fight with Derek Fisher, 41, after he found out that his former pal was getting cozy with Gloria Govan, 45, Matt’s wife at the time and the mother of his two sons. The Memphis Grizzlies star is warning that his beat-down of D-Fish would have been far worse if there hadn’t been a crowd of people around.
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“All I’m gonna say is he’s lucky there was a lot of people there grabbing me the whole time or it would have been a lot worse, but I think I got my point across,” Matt admitted to radio host Jason Lee on Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored.
“If I’m taking a penitentiary chance, which he took, in real life if I wasn’t an athlete and that s**t went down, it wouldn’t have just been a fight, people have lost their lives over that,” Matt revealed, noting that he wasn’t about to throw away his stellar career over seriously injuring or killing Derek, but that if he was an average Joe, he might have taken out Derek for good.
Matt revealed that he first found out that Derek had totally violated the bro-code from his own children, and that really set him off. “If I don’t even know about this s**t first of all, how are you in the house that I pay for with my children? As a man I would feel messed up about that,” he said in a not-so-subtle put down of how Derek secretly went behind his back to hook up with Gloria.
“If you would have handled it the right way I would have been cool. I wouldn’t have liked it…But you’re basically pushing my buttons and calling my bluff,” he said of the situation noting that neither Derek or Gloria revealed that they were involved, and he had to find out about it from his own kids.
“I want her to be happy,” he said of Gloria, noting that they had eight good years together until their marriage ran its course. Derek and Gloria are now living together and Matt said, “I know as long as he treats my kids right is my first priority… as long as that’s the case and my kids are going to be happy and all right, that’s my only concern.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think it was wrong for Gloria to fall for Matt’s former teammate?