Gloria Govan Denies Abuse by Fiancé Matt Barnes

Gloria Govan of VH1′s “Basketball Wives” is coming to the defense of her NBA boyfriend Matt Barnes, who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence.

She also refers to the Los Angeles Lakers player as her “fiancé,” despite the fact that her scheduled August wedding was abruptly cancelled.

“Any accusation of domestic violence are false,” Govan said in a statement issued Thursday by the couple’s publicist Laura M. Wright. “My fiancé, Matt Barnes, has never physically abused me or my family.”

As previously reported, Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman Tim Curran says deputies responded to a disconnected 911 call late Wednesday afternoon to the home that Barnes shares with Govan and found her with visible injuries. Curran says Barnes was arrested after deputies determined he was the primary aggressor.

The athlete, released after posting a $50,000 bond, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 13.

Barnes also denied the accusations in a text to reporter Bryan May of Sacramento’s News 10, stating, “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…“

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