Matt Barnes leans over Derek Fisher to check on him while the two were teammates on the Lakers in 2011.
NBA hoopster Matt Barnes’ love triangle fistfight with Knicks coach Derek Fisher ended only after one of his kids begged for an end to the backyard brawl, TMZ.com reported.
The Thursday account came as both Barnes and Fisher declined to provide details about the weekend slugfest at the California home where the coach was partying with the player’s estranged wife.
An eyewitness told TMZ that Barnes punched Fisher flush in the mouth last Saturday, with the ex-teammates exchanging blows until the 6-year-old child finally intervened.
Barnes and spouse Gloria Govan are the parents of twin boys, Isaiah and Carter. Barnes, speaking Thursday to ESPN.com, said he went to the house to check on the twins and not to confront Fisher.
Barnes said he was chatting with his son Carter via Facetime when he noticed the child seemed upset.
“I could see him and the look on his face,” said Barnes. “I was like, ‘What’s wrong, Carter?’ and he shook his head ‘No,’” Barnes recounted.
“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.’”
Barnes, who lived about 15 minutes away, climbed into his car and drove over to see his sons. The situation quickly turned ugly, according to sources.
While TMZ reported both men were bleeding from the punch-up, neither showed any signs of a fight when they addressed the issue this week.
Barnes said he was once close with Fisher, his teammate for two seasons with the Lakers — until his wife apparently came between the former teammates.
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher recently had a tift with former teammate Matt Barnes over Barnes’ ex-wife Gloria Govan.
“We were friends,” said Barnes, using the past tense, at a Thursday morning Memphis Grizzlies workout. “We were good friends at one point.”
Barnes, like Fisher one day earlier, dodged specific questions about the Saturday night showdown between the two men over the center of their attention: the curvaceous Govan.
“It’s a personal matter,” said Barnes, who just joined Memphis after three years with the Los Angeles Clippers. “My focus is on basketball. Being here early, I don’t want to start it off by having anything negative.”
Fisher said he spoke about the situation with Knicks president Phil Jackson, but refused to say much more.
Gloria Govan leave’s her home in Redondo Beach, Calif. on Thursday.
Matt Barnes (r.) and actress and former wife Gloria Govan attend the premiere of “Fast & Furious 6” at Universal CityWalk on May 21, 2013.
“I’m basically done talking about the situation directly,” said Fisher. “The process is the process. It’ll play out. But as far as me commenting on it, I won’t be.”
Sources said an irate and jealous Barnes put his hands on Fisher last Saturday after confronting the Knicks coach inside the house once shared by the divided duo.
Barnes and Govan split up in September 2014, while Fisher and his wife filed for divorce last March.
“We’ll let the process take place and just focus on playing right now,” said Barnes, 41, a 12-year NBA veteran. “All the real details will come out at some point.”
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Barnes said he had yet to meet with league officials about the confrontation, but Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger has already announced that he has his player’s back.
“I love him to death,” said Joerger. “I support him 1000% percent and I know all of the team does.”
No charges were brought in the weekend scuffle, and Barnes appeared no worse for the wear at the Thursday shootaround. Fisher suggested Wednesday that charges were possible in the fight.
Govan is best known for her role on the VH1 reality show “Basketball Wives LA.”
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