The NBA baller was put in the hot seat after making comments that he and Rihanna were interested in each other to TMZ earlier this week. Ri struck back, saying she’s not that into him and they don’t even know each other.
Rihanna has been seen front row at Clippers games (Barnes’ old team), but never spotted having any direct contact with Matt. Now, as teammates and L.A. friends come to his defense, Matt is doubling down on defending himself during an interview with CBS Sports’ Jim Rome, saying he’s too damn grown to lie.
“You live and you learn. When you’re in a situation like this and, you know, you just learn. You just got to keep stuff to yourself obviously,” Barnes said. “But the way I’m putting it right now, I’m too grown to lie, you know what I mean. It is what it is, I’m going to let this blow by like everything else blows by.”
“I just smiled. I just smiled, that’s it,” Barnes said. “What can you do? At the end of the day we’re all grown-ups. Like I said I’m too grown to be lying about stuff but life is life. You live and you learn.”
You can hear Matt’s full interview on Jim Rome.
Meanwhile, our own L.A. source said, “He definitely knows her, 100%.” In fact, Rihanna’s denial actually shocked a lot people, with another source adding, “It’s been over a year of ‘knowing each other.’ You’d think by then, it’s safe to publicly mention.”
While it might have been wrong for Matt Barnes to put their business out in the street like that, people still think Rihanna didn’t have to do him like that. What’s your take?
SOURCE: Jim Rome | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram