Memphis Grizzlies reserve forward Matt Barnes peeled himself off the canvas after the knockout blow he received from Rihanna for divulging details of their relationship, whether it’s romantic or not.
When Barnes, a former Los Angeles Lakers forward, flexed his alleged romance with Rihanna to TMZ, Bad Girl Ri Ri torched him with a devastatingly damning Twitter response that made him the joke of the sports world and pop culture.
Undaunted and unfazed, Barnes simply dusted off the Rihanna insult and put-down and claims to Jim Rome that he is telling the truth about their budding friendship blossoming into something more:
“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.”
As for the Rihanna slam heard around the world, Barnes said he is a grown man and is not wired to lie about such things:
“In life in general, there’s no need. I’m grown,” Barnes said. “My upbringing just doesn’t allow me to have that kind of stuff in it. Life, sports whatever it is I’m just about the truth. I’m always going to be me, even if you know sometimes my mouth gets me in trouble. I’m always going to be me, because I speak on things I feel passionately about. So love me or hate me I’m going to be me regardless.”