How In The Hell Did The NBA Justify Giving Matt Barnes A Two Game Suspension For Fighting For His Family?
NY Times- The N.B.A. suspended forward Matt Barnes of the Memphis Grizzlies for two games Monday for his role in a physical altercation in October with Derek Fisher, the coach of the Knicks.
Barnes, 35, confronted Fisher, 41, on Oct. 3 at the Redondo Beach, Calif., house of Gloria Govan, Barnes’s estranged wife and a star of the “Basketball Wives” reality television series. The quarrel became physical and Barnes threatened Fisher, according to the N.B.A.
The police were called, but no charges were filed. The league conducted its own investigation of the events before issuing the penalty. The N.B.A. did not discipline Fisher on Monday.
Fisher and Barnes played together on the Los Angeles Lakers from 2010 to 2012. The Knicks are scheduled to play the Grizzles on Jan. 16 in Memphis.
First things first, the headline is a rhetorical question. The NBA is a professional sports organization, they aren't in the business of justification. They just make decisions on a whim and selectively turn a deaf ear to any kind of criticism when those decisions lack any sense whatsoever. That's the benefit of being a billion dollar operation that would literally have to be responsible for the mass murder an entire demographic of people before sports fans actually took a stand and decided to stop watching. Even then I might sneak off to a secluded basement to take in a game when no one was looking.
However, let's pretend that NBA executives are people whose jobs have consequences when they do a shitty job performing them. The nuts and bolts of the Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher controversy is that one man, who has a contractual right to the vagina in question (don't give me that "a woman's body is her own" bullshit, what's yours is mine motherfucker), tried to kick the shit out of another man who was penetrating said vagina behind his back. Is that even a crime? Seriously, the depth of the police work done in that situation rivals that of an NHL referee breaking up a fight. Let them take their frustrations out on each other and then move them to separate, distinct quarters. Just two guys battling over pussy behind closed doors. That's the purest, most commendable type of violence in the world. There was no stabbing or shooting involved. Just a guy trying to make another guy pay the price for fucking his wife. A wife, that if not for Matt Barnes, Derek Fisher would have likely never come in contact with. Nothing wrong with that. Hell, that black eye and bloodied knuckle should be considered a convenience charge. Every single person that has ever knowingly fucked a married woman, estranged or not, should know that at one point or another you are probably going to get hit for doing so. That's the best part about banging a woman with baggage. The thrill that comes with knowing that baggage could walk through the door while you're in a vulnerable position at any given moment.
I don't care whether or not you think Matt Barnes is right. The point is that the NBA shouldn't be making that decision. You're going to suspend a player for trying to bloody a coach after that coach was fucking HIS estranged wife, in HIS marital house, while HIS kids were home? Seriously, who is the guiltier party here? If Matt Barnes didn't automatically jump in his car upon hearing that news then he should be arrested for being a complete and total sociopath.
The way I think of the transition an old, veteran player makes to become a young, upstart head coach is the same way I look at the transition someone in their 20's makes when they become a parent. It's not about you anymore Derek. NBA head coaches should have a more thorough vetting process for where they put their dick. Derek Fisher needs to be held to a higher standard of conduct than Matt Barnes. Matt Barnes is NBA player. He's supposed to be a volatile, unpredictable asshole. Derek Fisher's job is to mold a room full of those unstable egomaniacs into a cohesive group. He's supposed to lead by example, not lead their wives into the bedroom. I just don't know how you can suspend Matt Barnes for his off court behavior when all he did was something that any self respecting ex(ish)-husband/father would do. Especially when your not going to discipline the person responsible for the entire situation. A person that is supposed to hold himself to a higher level of decorum due to his job description. What looks worse for the NBA, something as common as one of their players getting into a fight, or something as unheard of as one of their head coaches wrecking an active players home? Personally I think they should have stayed the fuck out of it, but if they were going to get involved then the first person they should look at is the guy that wears a suit on the sidelines and holds a position so powerful that he only has 29 peers. 29 peers that surely aren't out there compromising the reputation of the NBA by fucking their former teammates spouse. Well, maybe 28, you just never know with Jason Kidd.
P.S. The good news is that Matt Barnes is taking it super well, you know, considering it's the worst year of his life and all....