Matt Barnes is giving his side of the Derek Fisher story to Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com, claiming that there was nothing amiss about his drive to his estranged wife’s house. He was only being a good dad.
His version goes that he was in his home at in Marina del Ray at 10:00 p.m. when he got a text from his son, Carter.
“I’m like, first of all, why are you still up? It’s like 10 o’clock at night?’ ” Barnes said. “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.’
“This wasn’t a phone call. We were on FaceTime. I could see him and the look on his face.”
Barnes’ version of the story is that he was just worried that his boys weren’t happy with another man being in the house.
“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.”
To be fair, people got that impression because the report said that he walked out of the middle of practice in Memphis, and no one from that team has challenged the notion. In fact, there was a source from the practice which was the impetus of the entire story.
Who is telling the truth is a question, but even if it is, unless he’s worried about Fisher harming his children, there were probably better ways to handle this situation than driving over there in the dead of night, but at least the motive is better.