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Matt Barnes says he won’t talk to Derek Fisher during game, because ‘he’ll run and tell’

Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes, Russell Westbrook

Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes, Russell Westbrook


Matt Barnes’ Grizzlies host Derek Fisher’s Knicks tomorrow.

Just don’t expect Barnes – who was suspended two games for fighting Fisher in a domestic-violence incident – to roll out a welcome mat.

Or speak with Fisher at all.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

“I don’t talk to snakes,” Barnes told the Daily News.
“I know I got to keep my mouth shut because then he’ll run and tell,” Barnes said. “So we’re focused on playing that team (the Knicks). And when I’m retired, him and I will cross paths again.”

Barnes apparently continues to blame Fisher for telling. As if reporting violent behavior, not the violent behavior itself, is the problem.

It might not be for a good reason, but at least Barnes not talking to Fisher is a step toward handling this better.