Matt Barnes Takes Jab at Derek Fisher After Nick Young, D'Angelo Russell Video

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2016

Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reacts during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
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Memphis Grizzlies swingman Matt Barnes has become infamous for failing to speak with a filter, and he didn't do anything to change that reputation Thursday.   

In a post on Instagram, Barnes used the ongoing saga between Los Angeles Lakers teammates D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young to take a jab at former New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher: 

Fisher and Barnes have a history that dates back to last October. According to the New York Post's Ian Mohr, Barnes was involved in a physical confrontation with his ex-teammate after discovering Fisher was in a relationship with his ex-wife. 

"Matt and Gloria [Govan] were not trying to work things out, and I certainly wasn’t seeing her behind Matt’s back or in secret," Fisher wrote in a first-person essay for The Cauldron. "The relationship wasn’t something I was trying to publicize, but it also wasn’t something I was trying to hide, either. There was no reason to."

Barnes was subsequently suspended two games for his role in the offseason altercation. He was later fined $35,000 after making public comments condoning violence. 

"Every man who looks at the situation knows what's right and wrong," Barnes said, according to ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk. "Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is. And unfortunately, it happened."

In his Instagram post Thursday, Barnes insinuated that Russell acted wrongly and in the same vein as Fisher after a video the Lakers rookie secretly filmed of Young discussing his relationships with women other than his fiance, rapper Iggy Azalea, was made public, according to ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes and Marc Stein

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Russell has since apologized, telling The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, "I am sorry about recording the video. I can’t repeat myself enough on that: I am sorry I recorded that video. I feel horrible. I wish this never happened."

Russell also apologized to his teammates, but the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina reported Young was not in the room at the time.

"I think it’s best me and D’Angelo handle the situation we have in a private manner outside of the media," Young said Wednesday, per Medina. "I think it’s something we do need to sit down and talk about. That’s about it. What happened is what happened. We have to work on it."

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