During a crossover episode of The Pivot and All The Smoke earlier this week, Barnes put an end to the speculation that he drove “90 miles” to confront Fisher after being tipped off by one of his twin children that his former Laker teammate was at his now ex-wife Gloria Govan’s house.
“I fought off the court and everyone knows the reason why,” Barnes said before referencing how his reputation can precede him. “Or I’ma bad guy because I had to do some shit I had to do.
Co-host Channing Crowder cut him off and must’ve taken Kanye’s “30 Hours” title seriously and asked Barnes about how he could stay so angry driving on a trip that long to get ready to brawl.
“That was the urban legend because Kanye rapped about it,” Barnes explained. “I really only drove 15 minutes [From Santa Barbara to Los Angeles]. Quick trip. I was back in the house firing one up in like 45 minutes. Quick roundtrip.”
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Matt Barnes made the trip from Santa Barbara to his Los Angeles home in October 2015 while he was in California for training camp with the Memphis Grizzlies.
That’s where Kanye’s bar on The Life Of Pablo‘s 2016 track “30 Hours” comes in: “I’m about to drive 90/ 90 miles like Matt Barnes just to whoop a n-gga ass.”
One night, Barnes received a FaceTime call from his son Carter who appeared to be upset and let him know that “mom’s friend Derek” was there, which prompted the NBA champion to make the trip which resulted in a physical altercation taking place between the two former teammates.
Cops were called but Fisher had already left by the time they arrived. No charges were filed by police against Barnes for the brawl.
“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,” Barnes told ESPN‘s Ramona Shelbourne.
“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.’
“I can’t believe people think I was some maniac driving 95 miles and listening to 2Pac to go beat somebody up. 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.”