Gloria Govan Denies Abuse By Matt Barnes’ Hand

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In response to the speculation that Basketball Wives star Gloria Govan was the unnamed woman in reports of her fiancé Matt Barnes’ domestic-violence arrest on Wednesday, Gloria supposedly issued a statement to The Sacramento Bee via a publicist named Laura Wright:

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

This would seem to contradict Barnes’ prior claim to Sacramento’s News 10 that he is “the victim” of the situation. As if this situation weren’t confusing enough, Wright (who heads Avid Exposure) is not the same publicist Gloria had less than a month ago, when we last interviewed her (that was Dana Hill of Divine Marketing, who did not respond to our request for an interview or statement on this matter). Public figures change publicists all the time, of course, but it does nothing to keep the communication lines of an already nebulous story clear. We’ll see where this goes.

Update: We heard from Dana Hill, who is still representing Gloria. Laura Wright is Matt’s publicist, who is handling this matter.

In other Basketball Wives follow-up news, TMZ got their hands on a motion filed by Royce Reed against the father of her child, Dwight Howard. It alleges that Howard misses scheduled visitations with their son and requests a guardian be appointed by the court to ensure Howard stays on task and that she gets proper care. Two weeks ago, the pair were involved in a public back-and-forth at their son’s daycare center. [Sacto 9-1-1,TMZ]

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