Matt Barnes says he won’t talk to Derek Fisher during game, because ‘he’ll run and tell’

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Matt Barnes‘ Grizzlies host Derek Fisher’s Knicks tomorrow.

Just don’t expect Barnes – who was suspended two games for fighting Fisher in a domestic-violence incident – to roll out a welcome mat.

Or speak with Fisher at all.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

“I don’t talk to snakes,” Barnes told the Daily News.

“I know I got to keep my mouth shut because then he’ll run and tell,” Barnes said. “So we’re focused on playing that team (the Knicks). And when I’m retired, him and I will cross paths again.”

Barnes apparently continues to blame Fisher for telling. As if reporting violent behavior, not the violent behavior itself, is the problem.

It might not be for a good reason, but at least Barnes not talking to Fisher is a step toward handling this better.