Vanessa Bryant Won’t Be Married to “Somebody That Can’t Win Championships”
“Irreconcilable differences” can mean a lot of things. For Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa, it might include Being a Loser. According to Yahoo, Vanessa Bryant is now infamous for saying, “I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships. If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”
Vanessa actually filed for divorce last winter after 10 years of marriage, but she and Kobe, a shooting guard for the Lakers, ended up getting back together. Apparently infidelity is okay, but losing championships isn’t?
Look, I understand her point. Major sacrifices – like not seeing your husband for huge stretches of time – should only be made if there’s a greater goal in mind. Failure makes you wonder if the sacrifice is worth it…but expecting Kobe to win every year is a bit ridiculous. What about unconditional love? What about supporting someone even through the tough times?
According to TMZ, Vanessa says her comments are being taken out of context, and that winning isn’t a condition of her marriage. “I’m sad to hear that comments in my New York Magazine interview are being misconstrued and taken out of context,” she explained. “I have and will continue to support my husband’s dreams. I have been with Kobe for 13 years. I accepted his marriage proposal PRIOR to him winning any of his 5 championships with his teammates. For anyone to think otherwise is wrong. It is not about being married to a ‘winner’ it is about our sacrifice as a family.”