Los Angeles Lakers Forward Matt Barnes’ Fiancee Disputes Domestic Abuse Charges

Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes was arrested Wednesday and booked on felony domestic violence charges as well as obstructing the use of a telephone line.

The charges stem from an incomplete 911 call that was received from the Barnes home. The call was cut short and per procedure deputies were dispatched to the home. Once they arrived they noted that both individuals at the home had visible injuries. The deputies decided that Barnes had been the aggressor and he was taken into custody.

Gloria Govan, the fiancee of Barnes, said that the charges of domestic abuse are false:

“Any accusation of domestic violence are false. My fiancee Matt Barnes has never physically abused me or my family.”

Barnes was released after posting $50,000 bail. He is due back in court on Monday for arraignment.

After his release Barnes posted on his Twitter account, “Don’t let your ears witness, what your eyes didn’t see.” He also responded to a question from newscaster Bryan May with the following text message, “U know any domestic violence situation 9 outa 10 times the man gets arrested. That’s the case here I was the victim but still got arrested.”

California law requires authorities to arrest a suspected offender when they find probable cause in a situation where they believe domestic violence has occurred. Due to this law, law enforcement officers usually arrest a suspect even when the alleged victim disputes the charges or asks that an arrest not be made.

Sheriff’s Department policy states that any visible sign of injury or complaint of pain is sufficient probable cause for a felony arrest in a domestic violence case.  State penal code encourages law enforcement officers to arrest the individual they view as the primary aggressor.

Barnes and Govan have two children, twin boys Carter and Isaiah, who will turn two in early Novem...

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