Memphis Grizzlies Player Matt Barnes Reportedly Attacked Knicks Coach Derek Fisher at His Estranged Wife's Home
Memphis Grizzlies player Matt Barnes and New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher were reportedly involved in a physical altercation in California on Saturday, according to multiple reports.
The New York Post first broke the news, citing sources who claim that Barnes, 35, drove to Govan’s Los Angeles home and attacked Fisher when he found out the head coach had been dating Govan.
“Barnes went crazy. He got in his car and went to the house and went after Fisher,” a source told the Post. “Matt then drove down there to beat the s— out of him.”
Barnes was in Santa Barabara over the weekend for Grizzlies training camp and Fisher, who flew to California to see his children, visited the home that Barnes shared with Govan, Yahoo Sports reports.
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson tells PEOPLE there is no information available about the alleged incident at this time, and a rep for Derek Fisher did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.
Sources close to Barnes told Yahoo that Barnes knew about Fisher and Govan’s relationship for more than a month (Fisher filed for divorce from his wife, Candace, in March).
Barnes arrived at the home to find Fisher and Govan in the backyard with friends and family.
The alleged altercation went from the backyard to the kitchen and finally to the front room of the home, a witness told Yahoo.
Sources said that the Knicks, the Grizzlies and the league are aware of the incident and are gathering information, ESPN reports. But an NBA spokesman told the site that it is too early to comment.
On Wednesday, before the Knicks’ preseason game against Brazil’s Paschoalotto Bauru, Fisher said that his “personal and private matters are personal and private.”
“I won’t be commenting on anything that’s happened personally or privately for me,” he said, according to ESPN. “I’m completely focused and committed to the team, not distracted in any way.”
Fisher is considering legal action for the incident, but has not filed any charges as of Thursday, Yahoo reports.
Barnes and Fisher both played together from 2010 to 2012 with the Los Angeles Lakers, and a former teammate described the pair as “very close” at the time, ESPN reports.
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