Matt Barnes' fiancée disagrees with domestic violence charge
Gloria Govan, reality TV star and fiancée of Lakers forward Matt Barnes, said in a statement that Barnes was wrongfully arrested on a domestic violence charge and that he has never physically abused her or her family, according to an Associated Press report.
Govan's statement comes a day after Barnes was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Main Jail on a felony domestic violence charge and for allegedly obstructing the use of a telephone line
Barnes had also pleaded his innocence, but he suggested Govan was at fault. He told ABC News 10's Bryan May, "I was the victim but still got arrested" and texting to him, "U know any domestic violence situation 9 outa 10 times the man gets arrested. That's the case here I was the victim but still got arrested. No matter what I say people are gonna think what they want..." Barnes also posted the following on his Twitter page, "DON'T LET YOUR EARS WITNESS, WHAT YOUR EYES DIDN'T SEE!!!"
Since reports surfaced about Barnes' arrest, reactions on the L.A. Times' Lakers blog ranged from cautiously defending the recently signed Laker, expressing skepticism over the facts surrounding the arrest to disappointment and anger. Likewise, Barnes' arrest raised questions on how this would adversely affect the Lakers.
Barnes, a Sacramento native, was released after posting $50,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Govan is the mother of the couple's twin boys and has appeared in the VH1 reality TV Show "Basketball Wives," including the clip below.
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Photo: Gloria Govan and Matt Barnes Credit: Getty Images