LBS- Barnes’s Grizzlies host Fisher’s Knicks for the first time since the incident involving Barnes’s estranged wife, and Barnes claims his actions have received plenty of support around the league.
“It’s been great — my teammates, organization, other guys throughout the league, people from his team, people from other sports, people from the entertainment world,” Barnes said Friday, via Marc Berman of the New York Post. “I’ve gotten a lot of support throughout the whole situation. Unfortunately, I got suspended. That’s in the past. Now we are focused on playing against the players from the Knicks.”
Barnes naturally didn’t specify which Knicks had supported him, but it was just the sort of comment to further twist the knife.
I supported Matt Barnes right to fight the person that was giving it to his wife. I thought it was ridiculous to suspend him for doing so. With that said, why exactly are we still doing "Derek Fisher fucked Matt Barnes estranged wife" stories? I feel like that happened 6 months ago. I don't care if the teams play each other soon. This isn't like your neighbor, Billy the mechanic, coming over and banging your wife during a separation. These are professional athletes we are talking about. They are celebrities that are considered part of the entertainment industry. This is what they do. They take each other's sloppy seconds, thirds, fourths, and fifths. If you're a famous person and another famous person doesn't have sex with your wife after you split then your wife wasn't worth having sex with in the first place. I am not saying it's right that Derek Fisher pursued Matt Barnes former lover, but it kind of comes with the territory. If it wasn't Derek Fisher it probably would been someone more prestigious.
Anyway, am I supposed to be surprised that Knicks players had Matt Barnes back? Of course they did. NBA players always stick together. The most heated of NBA rivals share long, passionate hugs pregame, why wouldn't they unite against someone that has the "wife fucker" label? If Derek Fisher will fuck his ex-teammate/former friend's wife then he'll fuck anybody's wife, and that includes his own players. Why would they take his side when his proximity to their wives puts their families at constant risk? This is really just a case where winning would cure all. If Derek Fisher had the pedigree of a Phil Jackson then his players would explain away every single act of adultery he has ever committed. Instead he's just an underwhelming head coach whose hiring was a backup plan and whose future is almost certainly in doubt. Unfortunately for him that doesn't gain him the leniency around the league to put his penis wherever he so chooses. Until Derek Fisher at least gets to .500 then he's strictly entitled to sisters and cousins, but as far as I - and the players - are concerned he's done nothing to earn himself a shot at their significant others, estranged or not.