While the public gets wrapped up in the drama surrounding Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher, it’s business as usual for Fisher, who remains focused on his job.
According to ESPN, the New York Knicks coach, who flew to California Saturday afternoon to see his children and missed practice on Monday because of travel issues, took time out from Wednesday’s preseason Knicks game to respond to the situation.
For Fisher, the situation is a “personal and private” matter that shouldn’t be addressed in a professional setting.
“Personal and private matters are personal and private,” Fisher said. “We’re obviously public figures, but we’re at work. So I won’t be commenting on anything that’s happened personally or privately for me.”
Fisher’s comments come after Barnes emerged as a trending topic Wednesday (Oct. 8) following news of him driving 95 miles to Los Angeles home of his estranged wife Gloria Govan to “beat the sh*t” out of Fisher, his former teammate.
Reporting more details surrounding the incident, Page Six noted that Barnes’ six-year-old sons called to tell him that Fisher was at their house. After speaking with his son, Barnes reportedly dropped everything and hightailed it to Govan’s home.
Media sources report that Barnes arrived at the home around 11:45 p.m., the time the alleged fight went down. Govan was apparently not spared from Barnes’ wrath, with reports claiming the athlete “spit in her face.”
Although representatives for Barnes and Govan have not commented on the incident, the NBA has acknowledged that something did go down between the Barnes and Fisher. A spokesperson for Barnes’ team, the Memphis Grizzlies, stated the incident is currently under investigation.
Govan and have been separated for more than a year, while Fisher filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years in March.
Despite remaining mum regarding the incident, Fisher did reveal that he spoke about the alleged fight with Barnes to Knicks players.
“I wanted to make sure that before they were asked about it at least that they heard from me directly about my state of mind and how present I am,” Fisher said. “I’ve been through a lot in life and experienced a lot of things. And sometimes we go through things in life that we can or cannot control. I’m here; I’m focused. It’s not something that’s going to take me away from who we are and what we’re trying to do. And I assured them of that. The only way to do that is to go out and do your job, and that’s what we’re going to do tonight.”
For Carmelo Anthony, Fisher’s situation “kind of caught everybody off guard.”
“Nobody really knew what was going on,” the Knicks forward said. “Still, nobody knows the details of what’s happening.”