Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Matt Barnes was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of domestic violence charges.
Barnes and his fiance/baby mama, Gloria Govan, appeared on the 1st season of vh1’s Basketball Wives. If you recall, Gloria and the girls on the show often bumped heads due to her superior attitude about her relationship. Barnes even once demonstrated his hold on his fiance by telling her the other “basketball wives” were a bad influence [a classic sign of an abuser exerting control].
We saw all the signs… now Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran says deputies arrested Barnes yesterday (9/8) at the home he shares with Govan after responding to what was termed “an incomplete 911 call from a home around 4:16 p.m. Wednesday”.
Deputies responded to a 911 call from the home on the 8100 block of Sunset Avenue in Fair Oaks around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Curran said.
Investigators determined the two had been involved in a “physical confrontation” and that Barnes prevented the woman from talking with 911 operators, Curran said.
Curran said Barnes, 30, was arrested after deputies spoke with Barnes and the woman who Barnes “lived with and with whom he had a dating relationship.”
Both Barnes and the woman had visible injuries, according to the deputies.
Barnes was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the felony charges of domestic violence and maliciously obstructing the use of a telephone line, Curran said.
Barnes posted $50,000 bond and was released just after 9:30 p.m. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
Matt has since claimed that it was he who was physically abused. In a revealing text sent to a Sacramento reporter, Matt states that HE was the victim in this situation:
“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…”
…and even hit up his twitter account to proclaim his innocence. Stating:
Barnes, who grew up in Sacramento and attended Del Campo High School, has played for nine NBA teams, including a stint with the Kings from 2004 to 2005. Barnes recently signed a two-year, $3.6 million with the Los Angeles Lakers last month.