Matt Barnes, former Kings player, arraigned on domestic violence charge

4:42 PM, Sep 13, 2010   |    comments
Matt Barnes and fiancé Gloria Govan
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Former Kings player and Sacramento native Matt Barnes made his first appearance in a Sacramento courtroom Monday on a domestic violence charge following his arrest at his Fair Oaks home last Wednesday.

At Monday's arraignment, prosecutors asked for a delay until Oct. 18 to determine whether or not charges should be brought against the 8-year NBA veteran and graduate of Del Campo High School in Sacramento.

The delay request was "not unusual. We do it all the time," Deputy Sacramento County District Attorney Paul Durenberger said.

However, Barnes' attorney Tom Johnson said the delay was absolutely "not typical. It's a little atypical, but we applaud the decision to do some more investigation and to look thoughtfully and carefully at this decision. We feel fortunate that they've come to the conclusion at this point that there isn't probable cause to charge (Barnes)."

Johnson said that Barnes, 30, and his fiancé Gloria Govan were doing "fine" and refused to speculate about the reasons behind the 911 call that brought police to the couple's Sunset Avenue home last week.

Barnes and Govan both appeared in court for Monday's hearing, but did not answer any media questions.

Deputies responded to a 911 call from the home around 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 9 and determined the two had been involved in a "physical confrontation," Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran said.

After investigators concluded that Barnes prevented Govan from talking with 911 operators, Barnes was arrested and charged with felony counts of domestic violence and maliciously obstructing the use of a telephone line.

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

Govan, who recently appeared on a VH1 reality show entitled "Basketball Wives," is the mother of the NBA star's 16-month-old twin boys. Deputies declined to discuss the children's whereabouts during the alleged incident. 


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