MATT BARNES IS NOT BACKING DOWN FROM “RIHANNA FRIENDSHIP” CLAIMS

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Matt Barnes might have been telling the truth about his “friendship” with Rihanna. Though he may have embellished on the relationship part, he is not backing down from his comments.

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.”

Meanwhile, teammate Big Baby Davis is going around supporting Matt, “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.”

Welp.. who knows who?

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