Matt Barnes On Derek Fisher Altercation: “I Was Checking On My Sons”

By Staff  |  10/08/2015

Matt Barnes

Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes addressed reports about his alleged altercation with Knicks coach Derek Fisher over the weekend, saying he was checking on his two sons.

Barnes tells ESPN that he was at his home in Marina del Ray on 10 p.m. Saturday night (Oct. 3), when he got a text from his son Carter that concerned him enough to immediately pay a visit to his estranged wife's home.

"I'm like, first of all, why are you still up? It's like 10 o'clock at night?' " Barnes told the network. "So I text back, 'I love you and I miss you, too.' Then I FaceTimed him. I'm just like, 'Hey, what's up buddy?'

"Now, Carter is like the rambunctious one. He's always jumping off the walls. And when I saw his face, he was just sitting there and I knew something was wrong. I was like, 'What's wrong, Carter?' and he shook his head, 'No.' Then he lays his head down on the couch, puts a pillow in front of his face and says, 'Mommy's friend Derek is here.' "

Being that he lives 15 minutes away, he drove to the home to check on his sons... and this is when some sort of scuffle took place between Barnes and Fisher.

Previous reports stated that he drove from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to confront Fisher and his ex-wife, which would be more than an hour drive.

"I can't believe people think I was some maniac driving 95 miles and listening to Tupac to go beat somebody up," Barnes said. "No. I live 15 minutes away and I was going over to check on my kids because they seemed uncomfortable. That was my main reason for going over there."

He did not address the incident with Fisher specifically.

Reports say Barnes felt betrayed that Fisher, whom was a former teammate and friend, would date his ex-wife.