Pity the poor guy who has Mike Brown's old cell phone number

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Former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown switched cell phone numbers a couple years ago. As Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted, anyone Brown really wanted to talk to already knew that and had the new number.

But a lot of people didn’t get the memo. And they kept calling.

That’s where Rajesh Kumar comes in. He is a New Yorker now, a native of India who just finished up his master’s degree in engineering at New York University. He got his cell phone number when he lived in Cleveland for a couple months.

Turns out, he got Mike Brown’s old number. He told FanHouse his phone is suddenly the most popular in New York.

“I have gotten over 150 phone calls since (Monday),” Kumar said Tuesday afternoon in an interview with FanHouse from New York. “I took a nap and I woke up and I had 37 voice mail messages. I thought Mike Brown must have lost a big match.”

Pardon Kumar’s terminology.

“I’m a fan of cricket,” said Kumar, who later was able to find out Brown’s firing was the reason for all the commotion. “It’s a very exciting sport.”

Who was calling? We don’t know, outside of the office of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Kumar deleted all the other ones, and politely tells callers they have the wrong number.

Kumar is taking the whole incident in stride, far better than most of us would. Then again, I’d be listening to the messages to see who thinks they are still in Brown’s inner circle only to find out the circle moved a couple years ago.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.