Vanessa Bryant Wouldn’t Be Married to Kobe If He Never Won a Championship?

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(Huffington Post)

By Shari Weiss

(Huffington Post)

Vanessa Bryant “Wouldn’t Marry Someone Who ‘Can’t Win Championships,'” claims the Huffington Post, which, like many other outlets, picked up a New York magazine interview, and somewhat sensationalized her comments.

According to the site, Vanessa — who is wed to Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant — “enjoys the life of a basketball wife. And she wants everyone to know the if [sic] you can’t win championships, you can’t put a ring on it.” The site goes on to report that in the New York interview, Vanessa “revealed that any man she calls ‘husband’ must be a champion.”

“I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships,” Vanessa is quoted as saying. The quote continues, “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.”

But a source close to her tells Gossip Cop that the wildly-disseminated comment is largely being “taken out of context” and misrepresented. Vanessa was NOT saying she would only accept being married to a winner, but rather discussing the desire to “have their sacrifice as a family pay off.” As many know, but sometimes forget, a career in the NBA is not only time-intensive and stressful for the players, but also their families, who have to cope with their loved ones often being on the road and unavailable.

Also, it’s worth noting that when Kobe and Vanessa met, he wasn’t anywhere near the icon he is today. In fact, she agreed to marry him well before he ever won a single championship. Hopefully, more outlets will champion fact-checking.

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