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Matt Barnes believes he has earned respect from his altercation with Derek Fisher

Newly signed Sacramento Kings veteran forward Matt Barnes was involved in a violent saga with former New York Knicks coach and his old teammate Derek Fisher in December of 2015. The physical swingman traveled to the home of his ex-wife, Gloria Govan, where he found Fisher, and a physical altercation ensued.

Barnes was suspended and fined by the NBA for his actions but he doesn’t feel a great deal of regret about what happened, as he made clear on CBS Radio’s ‘Brown and Scoop’:

“To be honest with you, whether the NBA fines me or not, I’m a man and I’m gonna do what a man’s gonna do,” the 6-foot-7 California native said. “I think any real man would’ve done the same thing that I did.”

Barnes surprisingly stated that the reaction to the incident was mainly positive as far as he is concerned, as he actually received a lot of support:

“I got a lot of respect for it from men, from the NFL, Major League baseball, rappers, every player that you can think of, referees, GMs, owner, all said the same thing,” Barnes said. “Like I said, I handled it like a man and it should have ended there, I shouldn’t have gotten told on and snitched on and all this other kind of stuff, but it is what it is and it’s in the past now. My ex and I have moved past it. Our goal is to raise our kids and make sure that they’re happy.”

Sacramento Kings fans will hope that Barnes finds a way to stay on course during his time with the organization and not let his personal life affect his career.

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