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Vanessa Bryant: I Would Not Want to be Married to Somebody that Can’t Win Championships

Over the last decade, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant’s marriage has played out in front of our eyes like a really great reality show.

A real reality show, though, not the scripted, Kardashian-filled nonsense that passes for reality TV these days.

We saw these two come together back when Kobe was just a kid. We saw their marriage destroy Kobe’s relationship with his parents. We saw their marriage, at times, mess up Kobe’s rapport with his teammates. We saw Kobe’s parents eventually come to terms with everything, and reconcile with their son.

We saw Vanessa sitting beside Kobe during the Eagle Rock incident. We saw Vanessa, for whatever reason, decide to leave Kobe a year ago after he allegedly cheated on her with too much regularity. We saw Vanessa stake claim to like sixty million and three giant mansions during the divorce proceedings. We saw them reunite on Valentine’s Day. We saw them together at the London Games, celebrating Kobe’s gold medal.

The one thing we never really saw, however, was either Kobe or Vanessa speak openly of their marriage. For a couple that has spent as much time in the limelight as this one has, it’s almost shocking that the only time they’ve ever really talked to the press about one another was during that infamous press conference eight years ago.  

Well, the streak is over – Vanessa is finally speaking out.

As noted by Larry Brown Sports, Kobe’s better half recently did an interview with New York Magazine. While we don’t have the full details of what was said, yet, we did get one juicy quote.

Per the report:

“I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships,” she said. “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.”

It’s hard to analyze that quote without seeing it in its full context, so I won’t even bother. Instead, just let it marinate in your minds as you recall everything these two have been through, everything you’ve ever thought about them, and how this tidbit meshes with whatever perceptions you may have had.

(Kudos Larry Brown Sports)

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