Last week, Matt Barnes accused his ex, Anansa Sims of keeping their one-year-old son, Ashton Barnes, away from him. The former NBA player shared a photo of him and his baby boy with the caption, “Missing my Lil man.. Hopefully I’ll be allowed to see you soon.” He then followed that with a lengthy post in which he alluded to Sims using their son as a “pawn” . (Read full post HERE).


This week, Anansa has taken to her Instagram to debunk what she deems as “false information”.  She writes, “Since our break up a month and a half ago, I have honored Matt’s requests to see our son and he has seen him on every request except one on February 17th, 2020 that I rescheduled through our attorneys due to the restraining order. Matt did not show up to the visit that was scheduled on Monday, February 24th, 2 days after his post was made.”

She continues, “The statement that Matt made on his post February 22nd, 2020 was not truthful. Particularly “Hopefully I’m allowed to see you soon”, alluding to a falsehood that I had kept him from seeing our son, Ashton. This statement was false, hurtful and damaging. The post got the reaction he was looking for. Matt mislead our friends, his followers and fans into attacking me in his comments, in my comments and my dm’s, because they were given false information. It widend the divide between black men and black women with the false narrative of the black mother keeping her child away from the black father. It is particularly egregious when men of power and privilege misuse their platform to abuse, threaten and silence.”

Anansa then says that contrary what many were led to believe, Matt has seen his son recently.

She says, “The pictures and videos posted on Matt’s highlights and main feed are not old. They are true to the date. Our visitation schedule will be determined by the Judge not by me. I grew up as a child of divorced parents. I’m blessed that both of my parents played an active role in raising me. My father was my best friend and role model for what a father should be. I believe that fathers should be in their children’s lives 1000%. I prefer family matters be private, but it was necessary that I respond publicly. If you do not tell your story, someone else will. I look forward to co-parenting peacefully.”

Anansa and Matt welcomed their son Ashton Joseph Barnes in December 2018. The former couple have children from previous relationships–Sims has a daughter and two sons with ex-husband David Patterson, while Barnes has twin boys with ex-wife Gloria Govan.

Photos: Instagram

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