Matt Barnes: I didn't drive to my house to fight Derek Fisher - NBA/NFL round-up

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Barnes admission

Yesterday we relayed the news that Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes had supposedly attacked New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher after the latter met with the former’s wife.

Well, we’ve got more on that story, with Barnes having clarified that he simply paid a visit to the house where Fisher and Gloria Govan were because he was worried his children were uncomfortable.

Barnes didn’t go as far giving details of the ensuing altercation and said he couldn’t believe people thought he had driven over to beat someone up.

"I can't believe people think I was some maniac driving 95 miles and listening to Tupac to go beat somebody up," Barnes said.

"No. I live 15 minutes away, and I was going over to check on my kids because they seemed uncomfortable. That was my main reason for going over there."

Sefolosha innocent

Elsewhere in the NBA, Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks has been acquitted of all charges after being found not guilty of obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The Swiss national supposedly disobeyed orders from police to clear the street after another NBA player was stabbed on April 8 outside a club.

Texans' quarterback call

In the NFL meanwhile, Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien might be ready to make another in-season quarterback change.

The Texans’ campaign has started off poorly and, following the loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Brien confirmed quarterback Ryan Mallett isn’t guaranteed to start the next match. Mallet was swapped for Brian Hoyer mid-Colts game after suffering an injury.

"Brian, I thought, did a good job tonight, but we'll talk about it," O'Brien said.

"I haven't even talked to the staff yet about it. We'll sit down and review the film. I thought Brian did a good job though."

Garrett's Hardy conversation

Lastly, Jason Garrett reportedly warned Dallas Cowboys star Greg Hardy about his conduct in the future given his checkered past.

According to reports, Garrett laid down the law to his new defensive end, with Hardy having been ‘receptive’ to his advice. It remains to be seen if he’ll heed it.


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