Joumana Kidd, ex-wife of perennial NBA all-star Jason Kidd is talking to Metropolis Nights magazine about their tumultuous marriage.
Divorced 5 years ago, the former broadcaster for the TV entertainment news program Extra says her career suffered while trying to juggle the demands of marriage and motherhood. She also "comes clean" about his alcoholism, physical abuse on his part and using their child to pocket dear old Dad's phone from his locker so that she could do a reconnaissance mission. Illicit texts and numbers from other women in hand, Joumana berated her unfaithful husband from court side seats.
Lest we think she learned something from this toxic relationship Joumana says:
“It was blown up into something way bigger than it was. It was just his lawyers trying to paint a picture of me crossing boundaries and they did a good job of it. But it was far from the truth. And, it wasn’t as dramatic and amazing as they made it sound, although I kind of wish it was.”
Jason, who pled guilty to a domestic assault charge from a 2001 incident between the two, currently plays for the NY Knicks. Married to Porscha Coleman (Russell Simmon's ex) he was last in the news after being arrested for a DUI charge in the Hamptons in July. Not surprisingly, his management had no comment about this ancient history.
"Researching" this story (feel free to laugh, I am) I read back issues of Metropolis and apparently chatty sports wives and exes are their specialty.
The August issue features retired NFL running back Tiki Barber's second wife. The one he courted (I keep it clean, HI GRANDMA!) while his first wife, already mother to two young sons, was 8 months pregnant with twins.
Don't worry, all is well with the former Today intern, who met Barber while he was a broadcaster for the show.
To sum it up she LOVES:
Being a stepmother!
Quiet nights at home!
The little things, like notes left on her pillow!
And has NO desire for the spotlight/fame/reality show.
Feel free to file under who cares but first give the over/under of this blessed union.
A begrudging thanks to The NY Daily News for making me aware of this magazine's existence.
Written by: Kia K.
Well LeBron James did it. The Miami Heat beat the
Seattle Sonics Oaklahoma City Thunder in game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals with a score of 121-106. I have to say the Thunder played their hearts out but it was the Heat's year. I don't think Bron Bron has silenced his critics just yet. In fact people might be even more butthurt, especially if you live in the great state of Ohio. (Just as the Seattle folks are butthurt that the Oaklahoma City Thunder are actually the Seattle Sonics.
Legend Bill Russell presented the MVP trophy to James, who earned 28 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds during the game. He said that it was the happiest day of his life and wouldn't want to spend it with anyone other than his teammates and fans. I expect there will be massive parties in Miami last night and probably all through the weekend!
And didn't you love the the crowd singing Kanye West's "Power" during the final minutes of the game?
Written by: Brittani
Did I mention (lately) that I loathe Kobe Bryant? I loathe that a-hole so much and I'll tell him to his face. Just ask me. I'll do it. So. Seems StupidKobe's wife, Vanessa filed divorce papers against her
alleged rapist husband and father of her two daughters today.
"Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant plan to share custody of their two children, according to divorce papers filed in Orange County court Friday.
In the document, Vanessa Bryant cited "irreconcilable differences" in seeking a divorce from the Lakers star. The document also said the couple will share both physical and legal custody of their daughters, Natalia, 8, and Giana, 5.
In a statement released by their publicist, the couple said a final judgment for the marriage will be filed with the Orange County court in 2012.
"We ask that in the interest of our young children, and in light of the upcoming holiday season, the public respect our privacy during this most difficult time," they said in the statement.
Vanessa Bryant is being represented by noted divorce attorney Laura Wasser."
I wonder if Vanessa will sell the lavender-"I did not
rape have sex with that blonde woman in Colorado"-diamond ring? Seems to be the popular thing to do these days amongst wealthy divorcees. Lord knows, with two kids, Kobe's NBA paychecks and having bad ass divorce attorney Laura Wasser on her side, Vanessa will indeed be wealthy without that douche bringing her down.
My question is: Are you shocked by this news?
I've said it (more than) once, and I'll say it til I'm blue: CHARLES BARKLEY is awesome. Here we have yet another example of why he's so great. During an interview on The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner, Sir Charles had some pretty inspiring (and as usual, hilariously expressed) thoughts on gay athletes, as well as his take on Tiger Woods. Take a listen--it's good..
MW: Chuck I gotta ask you, the Suns president Rick Welts comes out and says that he’s gay. How would a male gay player be received in pro sports by his teammates?
CB: You know Michael, I’m really glad you asked that question because I really like ESPN, they do a great job, but like once every two or three months, they do these things, and they bring all these people on there and they tell me how my team and me are gonna respond to a gay guy. I’m like first of all, every player has played with gay guys.
MW: So do you think some of your teammates were gay?
CB: Of course they were gay. First of all, I didn’t think that if they weren’t gay.
MW: They were gay, and so did you treat them any differently or did you feel there was any weirdness going on in the locker room because of that?
CB: First of all, a guy is never gonna put himself in that situation in a professional locker room. I never felt, it never crossed my mind to think any different about the guy. You know, in sports, we need to outlaw guys who suck at sports.
MW: Perfectly said.
CB: That’s what we really need. Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he’s never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot. Every professional – I would even say the same thing in college. Every college player, every pro player in any sport has probably played with a gay person. They’re not gonna do anything in a locker room. It doesn’t work like that, but listen, I wish Rick the best. I wish him the best. That doesn’t bother me whatsoever. I know him because I live in Phoenix. But it bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say, ‘Oh, no guy could come out in a team sport, these guys would go crazy.’ Well first of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play, then a straight guy who can’t play.
MW: Have you actually had a teammate come up to you and say, ‘Hey, Charles I’m gay,’ or does it come out in conversation?
CB: No, no. First of all, society discriminates against gay people. They always try to make it like jocks discriminate against gay people. I’ve been big proponent of gay marriage for a long time because as a black person I can’t be in for any form of discrimination at all. And the first people who whine and complain are them Bible thumpers who are supposed to be non-judgmental, who rail against them. Hey man, I don’t worry about what other people do. But has one of my teammates ever said it? No, he has not. But let me tell you something, and listen, Mike knows. Mike’s been in the locker room 100 years, and you know one of my favorite sayings is? It’s when people say, ‘If somebody asks you if there’s rumors about somebody about being gay, more than likely it’s true.’ Because you know if you ask Mike, he asks me about my rebounds, how many points have I scored, about my defense. There’s never going to be a question where he comes up and says, ‘Chuck are you gay?’ That’s not the way the whole media-sports player thing works. If there’s a rumor, if there’s something out there that’s been proven or not proven, but most of the players, and listen, we gossip behind each other’s backs, I’ll be the first to admit that, but there’s no doubt in my mind, first of all, I’ve played with several gay players.
MW: On every team, Charles?
CB: On every team? Great question. I’d say on two of the teams I’ve played on. But it didn’t bother me. And listen I think it’s disrespectful to gay people to think just because they played a sport they would be trying to talk to the players like that. Society doesn’t work like that.
I seriously love this man. And yes, I'm gonna name-drop him again. I met him, and honestly? I can't think of another NBA player that I'd rather meet. (What I mean is, instead of Charles!) I'd be happy to meet Kevin Garnett, Steve Nash, Ray Allen--but I'd really rather just have lunch with Charles Barkley again.
Let's all watch the hilarity that IS Sir Charles on TNT!
Hey... Nicki was the LUCKY ONE, if you ask ME.