Another day, another ‘Basketball Wife’ leaves her husband..
Vanessa Bryant, who was wifed up by Kobe Bryant fresh out of high school, finally chucked the deuces to her 10 year marriage. According to reports, Vanessa signed papers citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ on December 1st, and Kobe filed a response on December 7. The divorce papers were officially filed this afternoon at the Orange County Superior Court with Vanessa asking for joint legal and physical custody of their two daughters and spousal support. According to a statement from the couple’s publicist:
“The Bryants have resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately with the assistance of counsel and a Judgment dissolving their marital status will be entered 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.”
But here’s where things get real interesting….There’s no pre-nup! Back in 2007, Basketball great Michael Jordan dished out half of his empire in the tune of $168 million to his wife Juanita Jordan (who also happened to be an attorney) during their divorce and that couple had a pre-nup. Vanessa may not be an attorney but she’s def about to tax Kobe’s fortune. Under California law, all earnings and other property acquired during the marriage is considered community property, which means they will split everything 50/50. Kobe’s net worth is estimated to be around $200 million. Vanessa definitely won’t have to join ‘Basketball Wives’ to help pay her bills..
Keep in mind, Vanessa could have left Kobe after the whole Colorado rape allegation incident and completely shattered the wholesome family guy image that companies and the media have bought into over the years but she didn’t. She swallowed her pride, stuck by him and gracefully accepted that $4 million dollar 8 carat purple diamond ring as an apology gift. Meanwhile, over the next few years, it was a ritual for the cameras to follow him into the tunnel after every game and capture him while he kissed his wife (who would be conveniently waiting there after every game) and their kids to remind fans that he was a ‘family oriented’ guy. It makes you wonder, ‘How will the divorce affect his image now that his wife has decided to put an end to the marriage’?
Today, Kobe avoided news reporters as he left a Laker’s scrimmage, however his teammates seem to be surprised by the news. Pau Gasol told the LA Times:
I didn’t know anything about it. This is the first time I hear. That’s something I wasn’t aware of. It’s out of my hands.”