Matt Barnes coyly denies Instagram post was shot at Derek Fisher
The timing of an Instagram post in which a nattily attired Matt Barnes smirks at the camera gave all the appearances that it was intended to be a smarmy and snarky reaction to the news that bitter nemesis Derek Fisher had been fired by the New York Knicks.
Not so, says Barnes.
“I liked what I was wearing,” he said before his Memphis Grizzlies squad beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-90 at Barclays Center. “That’s it. That’s all it was.”
It was announced Monday that Fisher had been let go by the Knicks after the team began to fall out of playoff contention courtesy of a 23-31 start punctuated by a recent slump.
Barnes took to Instagram not soon after the announcement was made, making it appear for all intents and purposes it was intended as a shot at Fisher.
The source of the bad blood between the two of course stems from Fisher dating Barnes’ estranged wife, something that escalated into a physical altercation in October and Barnes later being suspended for two games by the NBA for his role in the incident.
But Barnes says his conveniently timed Instagram post had nothing to do with his feud with Fisher.
“It kind of is what it is,” he said. “People assume what they want to assume. I learned my lesson from talking and doing what I did. I got fined a lot of money. So I just kind of stay out of that situation now.”