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Matt Barnes' celebrity fiancé says there was no abuse

Sep 9, 2010, 10:44 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Barnes_ref.jpgNot long after being released from jail, after he was booked on charges of domestic abuse, Matt Barnes tweeted not to believe what you read.

Today Barnes’ fiancé — Gloria Govan — denied there was any abuse through the couple’s shared publicist, in a statement to the Sacramento Bee.

“Any accusation of domestic violence are false. My fiancé, Matt Barnes, has never physically abused me or my family.”

This confirms that the woman involved was Govan, who has twins with Barnes. The couple was due to be married recently but the wedding was called off just before the event, although the couple said at the time they were continuing their relationship.

Govan is a cast member of VH1’s “Basketball Wives.”

Police came out to Barnes home in Sacramento after an incomplete 911 call. Police found injuries on both parties but determined that Barnes had been the aggressor and arrested him.

As we reported last night, Barnes had said that this was not as it appeared in a text to a local television reporter, Bryan May of News10:

“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…

We have no idea what happened in the Barnes household. Maybe nothing. However this points to a bigger societal issue — it is common for the female in a domestic violence situation to protect the man. It makes convictions on the charges challenging. It makes the pattern of violence harder to stop.

What exactly happened in the Barnes house remains a mystery. But you can be sure of one thing through all of this — the Lakers front office isn’t happy.

  1. Anonymous - Sep 10, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Not quite.
    I hate to go to politics on a basketball site, but the issue that is being pointed out here is NOT that genuine DV victims are often hesitant to press charges or testify against their partners.
    It is that the authorities immediately and unthinkingly pin any blame on a domestic dispute on the man, regardless of what actually happened. By the original account both were bearing signs of injury and yet only one individual was arrested, the one who happened to be 6’7″, 200+ pounds, covered in tattoos, and would likely have been able to effortlessly beat the other party into the ground without injury if he had really been inclined to.

  2. WhiteLightnin' - Sep 10, 2010 at 4:42 AM

    I would think that genuine DV victims would be hesitant to press charges. In one fell swoop you could be a rat to to cops and implicate your significant other. The onus is on law enforcement and the judicial system to provide an alternative to being a rat.

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