Matt Barnes claims he went to his ex-wife's house to check on his six-year-old twin sons and not to confront Derek Fisher.
Barnes was at his home in Marina del Rey around 10 p.m. Saturday when he got a text from his son Carter that concerned him.
"I'm like, first of all, why are you still up? It's like 10 o'clock at night," Barnes said. "So I text back, 'I love you and I miss you too.' Then I FaceTimed him. I'm just like, 'Hey, what's up buddy?'
"Now, Carter is like the rambunctious one. He's always jumping off the walls. And when I saw his face, he was just sitting there, and I knew something was wrong. I was like, 'What's wrong, Carter?' and he shook his head, 'No.' Then he lays his head down on the couch, puts a pillow in front of his face and says, 'Mommy's friend Derek is here.'
"This wasn't a phone call. We were on FaceTime. I could see him and the look on his face."
The New York Post reported that Barnes texted a friend that he assaulted Fisher and took revenge on Govan.
“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.
"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."