Matt Barnes gets restraining order on ex-wife and former Basketball Wives star Gloria Govan following 'rash driving' incident
Matt Barnes is asking for full custody of his children claiming they are not safe with their mother, who reportedly had no control over her driving
Former NBA player, Matt Barnes, has finally received a restraining order from the court against his ex-wife, former 'Basketball Wives' star Gloria Govan. Govan was accused of a felony child endangerment after she aggressively drove her car with their kids inside.
According to a TMZ report, the mother-of-two is now required to maintain a 100 yards distance from her children and former husband and is allowed to visit them once a week only in the presence of a supervisor. The couple, who got married in 2013 and parted ways in 2016, has not shared the best of relations ever since the divorce.
While Barnes had infamously beaten up the then-New York Knicks head coach, Derek Fisher, for being involved with his estranged wife, Govan had accused the former NBA player of defamation, denying his claim that she cheated on him and stole money during their marriage.
The former 'Basketball Wives' star was arrested on August 31 on felony endangerment charges. Although Barnes had the scheduled custody of the twins, according to court orders, Govan had intervened and tried to pick up the boys after school for the Labor Day weekend.
In a signed affidavit, Barnes claimed that while he was trying to take one of the boys out of Govan's SUV, she “aggressively jerked the car in reverse", which caused the child to fall back on his seat. When Barnes tried to take the twins to his car, the 33-year-old apparently drove towards him and the kids "at an excessively high rate of speed through the school parking lot” in an attempt to block their way.
Barnes wrote, "I could not do anything except sit in the car, trying to calm the boys who were terrified, screaming hysterically and crying." The restraining order petition filed by Matt's lawyer Samantha Spector said, "Gloria willfully committed acts of assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, and false imprisonment."
Govan was, however, released on Saturday on a $100,000 bail, following which she posted a message on her Instagram handle where she seemed to be grateful to have been released.
She wrote: "Let me tell y’all something... there isn’t a person on this earth that isn’t struggling with something! I don’t care how much money, success, or followers anyone has. We all have problems. You’re not alone. Trust me. Don’t let peoples filtered pictures fool you. God has equipped you, HE has prepared you for everyday. Each day is ordered by him. You’re going to be ok!!! You will get through this. Trust in your purpose and don’t be afraid to ask for help. A prayer for all of us.🙏🏽 #Faith#prayer #power."
Barnes also recently filed documents asking Govan's present fiance, Fisher, to stay out of their private matters. The former NBA player objected to a private text message between himself and Fisher being entered as evidence in the lawsuit between him and Govan.
Blast gave out details of the text message which reads: "Listen... I’m not sure how much she’s told you.. But she’s mad at me cause I found out she stole nearly a million dollars forged my signature & stole my ss# to get her parent a nightclub & the house they live in.. Since we’ve been going to court over that situation she’s been holding that hate & frustration for me against my boys.”