This much we know: Matt Barnes went over to the home of his estranged wife, where Derek Fisher was with other friends as the Knicks’ coach is seeing Barnes’ ex, and the two got into a fight. Barnes said he went over because his children complained, but apparently texted friends he kicked Fisher’s a**. Regardless of how it went down, it wasn’t pretty, but no criminal charges will be filed in the case.
Still, the NBA is looking into it.
Commissioner Adam Silver was asked about it Friday and kept his answer short and tight (hat tip New York Daily News).
“I don’t have a time frame and we are looking into it.”
If there are suspensions or fines, I would expect them to be short or small. As much as this looks bad for a league trying to look tough on domestic violence — Barnes storming over to his ex-wife’s and beating up her new boyfriend, still attempting to control her life — what the league wants is for this just to go away. Sweep it under the rug.
Barnes is now a member of the Grizzlies, where his three-point shooting and irritant style on the court should be a good fit with the “grit and grind” team.