Matt Barnes On Assault Arrest: “I was the victim”

Matt Barnes was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Sacramento and charged with felony domestic assault after an altercation with his former fiancee and current live-in girlfriend Gloria Govan.

Matt Barnes Mugshot

After his arrest, Barnes sent a text to ABC affiliate News 10 in Sacramento that read, “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…

More from News 10:

Deputies responded to a 911 call from the home on the 8100 block of Sunset Avenue in Fair Oaks around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Curran said.

Investigators determined the two had been involved in a “physical confrontation” and that Barnes prevented the woman from talking with 911 operators, Curran said.

Both Barnes and the woman had visible injuries, according to the deputies.

Barnes was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the felony charges of domestic violence and maliciously obstructing the use of a telephone line, Curran said.

Barnes will be arraigned Monday after posting $50,000 bond on Wednesday night.

Barnes also defended himself on Twitter Wednesday night, Tweeting, “DON’T LET YOUR EARS WITNESS, WHAT YOUR EYES DIDN’T SEE!!!

Barnes and the 24-year-old Govan were previously engaged and earlier this year appeared as a couple together on multiple episodes of the VH-1 reality show Basketball Wives.

Barnes, despite later harshly criticizing the concept of the show and cast members, confirmed to VIBE Magazine recently that he was planning on appearing with Govan for the second season of the show. During that confirmation Barnes said:

Matt Barnes Appears On VH1 Basketball Wives

I just think there was a lot of negative but a lot of positive came from it too. Gloria and I sat down and talked and we decided we gotta use the show the way they’re trying to use us. A lot of doors have opened up for her in opportunities that she would like to pursue for a career and a few things have opened up for me as well and with us moving back to LA even more doors are gonna be opened. So we feel that we can use the show the way they’re going to try to use us to get into our lives and our family.

Not too sure how excited the Lakers will be about that concept.

Matt Barnes slaps assistant coach during summer league game

Earlier this summer I reported that Barnes had slapped an opposing coach during a summer league in San Francisco. Barnes later confirmed the incident but did not apologize.

The Lakers’ management style has long been laissez-faire, but it sounds like an intervention may be in order provided Barnes doesn’t wind up serving serious jail time.