Marking himself controversial before even putting on his Lakers uniform, newly signed Matt Barnes was arrested Wednesday in Sacramento on suspicion of domestic violence.
The arrest followed a 911 call from a woman, who was prevented by Barnes from finishing the call, according to police.
Police said they found signs of a fight in which both suffered injuries but concluded Barnes had been the primary aggressor.
On Thursday, Barnes’ publicist, Laura Wright, identified the woman as Gloria Govan, an actress in VH1’s “Basketball Wives.”
Noting that Govan is her client too, Wright issued a statement from Govan, absolving Barnes.
“This is a situation that has been blown out of proportion,” Govan said. “Any accusations of domestic violence are false. My fiancé, Matt Barnes, has never physically abused me or my family.”