Last week, Rihanna shut down rumors that she's dating Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes in typical Rihanna fashion — by embarrassing him on the Internet. After the NBA player told TMZ that their relationship "just passed the 'crush stage' a little bit," RiRi was quick to skewer him with an all-hashtag Instagram post that very clearly stated that she's never even met Barnes.
Now, Barnes is calling bulls**t on her bulls**t-calling, telling Jim Rome that he was being truthful when he said something was brewing between him and the Bajan beauty. "I'm too grown to lie," he says, "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. 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."
Now, we wouldn't blame the guy one bit for making up a fantasy about dating Rihanna — who hasn't? — but somebody's not telling the truth here. Maybe Barnes's estranged wife Gloria Govan would like to weigh in?
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