Matt Barnes may have moves on the basketball court, but when it comes to dating, the Memphis Grizzlies player may want to work on his game a little.

Barnes, 35, was recently stopped and asked by a TMZ photographer if there was any truth to the recent rumors about him dating 27-year-old R&B singer Rihanna. Barnes didn’t deny the rumors, but rather hinted that there was something going on between the two, claiming that he had gone on a couple of dates with Rihanna. “I think it just passed the crush stage, just a little bit,” said Barnes, adding that they’ll “see where it goes.”

Sounds like the beginning of a possible new celebrity couple, right? Well not according to Rihanna. She took to Instagram to not only dispel the rumors, but to also blatantly call out Barnes for being a liar to her 24.5 million Instagram followers. Rihanna posted a screenshot of Barnes’ interview with TMZ and captioned it with a list of vindictive hashtags, including “#thedevilisaliar,” “#shesnotintoyouatall,” “#shesneverevenmetyou,” and “#defamationofcharacter.”


Matt Barnes has yet to respond, other than supposedly commenting, “Hahaaa wow,” underneath Rihanna’s post. It’s probably safe to say that even if he did once upon a time have a shot with Rihanna, it’s definitely not happening now.

Barnes hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to relationships. The NBA star recently went through a highly publicized split from his ex-wife Gloria Govan, and like Rihanna, took to social media to slam her for being an attention seeker and an irresponsible mother to their twin boys.


Rafferty, S., “Rihanna Shuts Down Matt Barnes on Instagram,” Rolling Stone web site, August 17, 2015;

Rogers, J.D., “Matt Barnes Continues to Slam Govan Sisters, Gilbert Arenas Chines In: ‘Y’all Miss the Point, F-ck What They Look Like,’” Madame Noire web site, January 12, 2015;


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