Vanessa Bryant: ‘I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships’

In addition to giving the Lakers a better chance to win an NBA championship, the acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash may actually help Kobe Bryant’s marriage. But how? As you probably know, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have been trying to reconcile their marriage since earlier in the summer. As far as we know, they have not gotten all the way there yet. Judging by what Vanessa said she looks for in a partner, winning another ring this season could work in Kobe’s favor.

According to Nicki Jhabvala of Sports on Earth (via The Basketball Jones), Vanessa had the following to say during an interview with New York Magazine:

“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.”

If she said this a few months ago we could have made a solid LeBron James joke, but now it wouldn’t really be appropriate.

It’s pretty obvious Vanessa is only interesting in being with a winner. Kobe has five championship rings, but perhaps a sixth could go a long way toward making his wife forget about these pictures from London. Forget tying M.J. — Kobe needs to win his wife back.

UPDATE: Vanessa Bryant has backtracked from her comments. Here’s her statement.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Lewis/100000012118186 Brian Lewis

    honestly one of dumbest things i’ve heard somebody say in a long time. For starters, sugar, it’s not just what your man does…. it’s what you do, too. it’s this kind of stuff that makes me sick to my stomach sometimes. people have lost all humility. and i’m a laker and kobe fan. but this was dumb.

  • Susan Gumlock

    Wow! I can’t believe Kobe is still married to someone like that.  That’s awful.  Maybe she should join the Kardashian family, since Khloe said that if Lamar played for anybody else accept the Lakers.  Good thing for Khloe she married him while he was a Laker, otherwise she wouldn’t have touched him. No wonder Khloe and Vanessa are best buddies.  Maybe that’s why they haven’t had sex in @2 years.  No love for a loser. 

  • Whathasthisworldcometo

    There are a lot of things wrong with this statement. Maybe you all should really look into the marriage. Vanessa’s step dad told their story long ago, Vanesa was a teen in high school when she got together with Kobe where she dropped of school to court him on a full time basis. After sleeping with him (which was the plan), her mother threaten him to marry her because she was under age and she would cry rape, so he did. Thats why they had a private service his family did not approve & was not there. Have you ever seen his famly with her! Never! His own team mates & wives said she was the Devil. She & Khloe Kardashian are not friends, Khloe said she tried to befriend her but Vanessa feels that everyone is beneath her. She filed for divorce right after the 10 year mark following the footstep of her mother because California law deams 10yrs offically long term marrige & Kobe would have to pay her for the rest of her life, it was also conviently @ the lowest point in his career & when he did not win a championship that year! She did it as a scare tactic to show him what she could walk away with but would she ever “heck no” because who would she be if she wasnt Vanessa BRYANT! She would be reality tv pick up, trying to get close to the next biggest sportd star & thats not good enough for her! She love the perks of having the last name & she would never give that up as long as hes on top!!!

  • Whathasthisworldcometo

    If you need futher proof that she only interested in status & money read the rest of the interview. She thinks she better then everyone else!

    “I’ve been with Kobe since I was 17, so I’ve seen plenty of players, and plenty of wives, come and go,” she said in an interview with New Yorker magazine. “And I think that’s why the Lakers as an organization give me the access that I have — that other wives don’t have.” She’s talking about her access to the tunnel that leads to the locker room that the other wives can’t access. She has all of Kobe’s money, but her exclusive access to the team tunnel is priceless.
    “If you notice, I am the only one allowed in that tunnel,” says Vanessa, with her Pomeranian named Gucci siting at her feet.
    “I don’t like standing outside and giving him a kiss in front of all the cameras. So I stand in there to get away from them. But then the cameras end up following. And if the girls are there, sometimes, that’s their kiss good night for Daddy, and when he comes home, they’re asleep.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XOTOOS5XREQCKFMHHC4SKGEIVM JoJo

    Well, Mrs. Bryant, if he was home with you and not ‘sacrificing’ his time ‘trying’ to win Championships I guess you would be living a totally different life because he would be sacrificing his pay to spend it with you. Vanessa is such a vain woman. Is she prettty? Yes, but she is also very shallow. I’m sure there are many NBA wives out there that married their man for love not money. I’m sure the time away is hard…but that makes the time together so much more special. What would she do if Kobe had a regular job and was gone most of his days…not just Nov-Apr for the season? I actually feel sorry for Kobe now…and his daughters. I can’t even imagine the arguments that start with ‘I’ and end with ‘Me’ while he’s home.

  • Marco Antonio

    at least wipe your mouth after you’re done…fuck

  • @BalanceMAYNE

    Gosh you people so riled up over something did she use the wrong words? Yes.  Did she mean harm? No.   If she was a gold digger she would divorce kobe and get HALF automatically of his 350 million dollar value.  Is everyone forgetting that she is married in the state of California with no pre-nup.  Damn the lady is just saying she expects her husband to accomplish great things.  And she expects him to be great at his job and do it to the best of his ability especially if the job requires him to miss a third of the year on the road.  And what is a players goal? Its supposed to be winning the title not just being on the team.  So his wife supports and expects excellence and hard work from her husband.  Are you people really against a wife pushing her husband to be excellent.  If so I feel really really bad for your marriage.

  • jdc766

    She’s a bitch with delusions of granduer. You’re just delusional, whacko.

  • Janeice C

    Last time I watched a basketball game I noticed there were other players on the court. hmm .. This isnt tennis or golf, ONE Man Show.. So get over yourself and just support your husband’s team.  Or maybe he can become friends or better friends with Tiger Woods and join the golf world and ALL that comes with it.. You are ignorant and I feel terrible for your daughters, they are being raised with no morals or values.  

  • jdc766

    This chick has the social grace of a sow at the money trough. She sounds about as deep as a mud puddle and just as ugly. I guess her thin veneer of outer good looks is just a mask for an ugly soul. Too bad for Kobe.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZYZMRYEJ5GZC2XXDLQEEEQDULM Whispering Willow

    You got that right.  Or maybe it is Vanessa commenting on herself!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZYZMRYEJ5GZC2XXDLQEEEQDULM Whispering Willow

    For someone who NEVER graduated from HS she sure is quite full of herself.  She is a money hungry biotch!  Why else would she agree to stay with him after all the humilating infidelity rumors……………SHE DOESN’T WANT THE GRAVY TRAIN TO END!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ilsa-Valdez/100000441792151 Ilsa Valdez

    Well Kobe, you got what you deserve: A woman of “substance”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6V4ZWWX2RRXYG625YFZZL3V4M Ec

    my male friends always said, they do not want women without substance.
    sorry vanessa they don’t like you either

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6V4ZWWX2RRXYG625YFZZL3V4M Ec

    my male friends always said, they do not want women without substance.  sorry vanessa they don’t want you either.LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6V4ZWWX2RRXYG625YFZZL3V4M Ec

    nil, zero.  no substance

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6V4ZWWX2RRXYG625YFZZL3V4M Ec

    jealous?  with who? vanessa?
    kobe deserved much better.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6V4ZWWX2RRXYG625YFZZL3V4M Ec

    may be u r right, she just doesn’t know how to say it.  what does that tells you?LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6V4ZWWX2RRXYG625YFZZL3V4M Ec

    she should be happy kobe is away most of the time.  if he stays home with her, he would have divorced her 10 years ago.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6V4ZWWX2RRXYG625YFZZL3V4M Ec

    i wonder what she brought in to this union?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6V4ZWWX2RRXYG625YFZZL3V4M Ec

    why do you think she went back with kobe? no one else’s wants the woman.  oh, wait may not, now that she is worth millions, lots of men would like the taste of her millions.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBNDEUUNRTNXNDDU6NTFA6RGZQ ColoradoUNC

    Who would be jealous of a money hungry hoe that lets her husband drag her through the mud, buy a ring, and then stand by his side?  Hillary and Vanessa! Their marriage and her herself are jokes!  He doesnt love or care about her.  If he did he wouldnt screw another girl every chance he gets. For everyone we know about im sure there 100 more!  That says to me she’s a joke to him and she cant do better that’s why she sticks around.  She needs to get some self esteem and get a real man!  Real men dont cheat!  I have a husband I married long before kids and we have a nice lifestyle and he would never stray but if he did I would walk and never look back that’s what real women do!  He’s an arrogant prick and she’s a money hungry joke that needs a backbone!  Hmmmm…..Maybe they really do deserve each other!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6V4ZWWX2RRXYG625YFZZL3V4M Ec

    got that right.  now i know why he cheats!

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  • jdc766

    That would be just twisted enough to fit the “narccicistic profile” this woman engenders, no doubt.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6V4ZWWX2RRXYG625YFZZL3V4M Ec

    LOOKS?, HER LOOK IS DEFINITELY NOT UP THERE.  she is not ugly, but there ae more beautiful women with beautiful hearts out there that deserve what she has and know how to appreciate a millionaire husbands:).

    let’s face it, kobe was young, young people makes a quick decision.  he was in love and was pressured to marry her.  she is in that sense a very samrt girl.  imagine that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003505135257 Ramone DeCurta

    Most females think the way Vanessa does; they don’t openly admit it.  As a man, I have no problem with anything she said. 

    First, I know that she’s keeping it real, unlike most other women.  Secondly, it takes a lot of balls to say what she said, so I respect her candor.  Third, she must be really good at whatever she does, because we know she’s a hs dropout with no job other than screwing her husband. I can live with that.  She’s not the type of wife I would want, but I’d Jeterize her for awhile.  

    Yeah…if I was Kobe, I would opt for more of a Tracey Edmonds type: a career woman who could theoretically hold her own even without me, regardless of whether my wealth made it easier for her to do so.  But Vanessa is a straight-shooter who knows what she wants.  Is she really any different from the women regular people work with every day?  Don’t they go gaga if Alex Rodriguez shows up at Starbucks to get coffee?  Don’t they say yes much more quickly to dates with guys who drive exotic sports cars?

    Most women are like Vanessa, they just don’t say it.  I have a feeling that’s where many women really have their problem with her.  It’s her honesty that they don’t like.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VTPQFBD6N7F5PL3U2AD25TPNIE Rocco


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VPWV5JQPCYDS35QUWSVEFTEZZI Carol's thoughts

    Amazing how these two bring out the worst in each other. I feel sorry for their children.

  • Alfreda Payton

    Black men know the drill. They think this type of woman is a self centered, status hungey, gold digger…..WHEN SHE IS BLACK! But if she isn’t, he will fight and PAY$$$$ to keep her as his wife.
     Kobe had a really nice black girlfriend- a college student- who he dumped for Vanessa. This girl found out that she had been dumped for a hispanic-white girl (who was known on the hiphop /basketball circuit) when the media reported it.
    Thats black men. Kobe is knows what he married and agreed to it. Vanessa (and her kind) want status from men with money and fame. Kobe (and his kind) want staus from light skinned or white women.

  • Alfreda Payton

    Thats stupid. Most men are not rich or succesful. They aren’t winning at anything. They are just working, eating, sleeping, sh*tting….living life. Most women don’t have access to “winners” let alone make plans to marry one.

  • 602me

    He was an idiot to marry this chick, his bad! she was a nobody from MTV and she is still a nobody… no education, no ambition, no skills, nothing, no substance and he married this. A fool and his money are soon parted. Hey Vanessa, u ain’t all that, playing basketball is a JOB and people go to their JOBS and he gets PAID, so sorry his JOB takes time from your self centered, no substance or redeeming quality ass… that’s reality, find it.

  • Alfreda Payton

    Not quite true. VCanessa is after the money AND the status. If she divorces Kobe she will be the Rich ,ex-wife of some athlete. She will end up on some reality show. She is hispnic and white- that is important to black men. But in the whoel world, she ranks lowere than Tiger’s blond , swedish wife. Vanessa (with her kids and her age) would lose if she was back in the single world. There are too many younger, white, mixed, and Brazillian hotties to compete with and vanessa is uneducated and has a “history” that predates Kobe. If she divorced Kobe, she’d be rich and alone or getting passed around with the other “exotics” like Kim kardasian, Princes’s Ex, or Kanye’s Ex- Amber Rose.

  • Alfreda Payton

     Vanessa is after the money AND the status. If she divorces Kobe she will be another Rich ,ex-wife of some athlete. She will end up on some reality show- at best. She is hispanic and white- that is important to black men. But in the larger world, she ranks lower than Tiger’s blond , swedish wife. Vanessa (with her kids and her age) would lose if she was back in the single world. There are too many younger, white, mixed, and Brazillian hotties to compete with and Vanessa is uneducated and has a “history” that predates Kobe. If she divorced Kobe, she’d be rich and alone or getting passed around with the other “exotics” like Kim kardasian, Princes’s Ex, or Kanye’s Ex- Amber Rose.

  • Susan Kovacs

    She got pregnant 3 times? That is how many times Kobe had sex with his wife. No wonder the guy’s mind is wandering around. 

  • creepy22

    hey kobe your stuck with this one nowonder you cheated on her.

  • GMAof7

    MDDI seriously!  I have been marrried 36 years 5 grown boys.  We worked together to get what we have as a team now that is a commitment!  Sounds like this woman (if what is stated is true) wouldn’t know a commitment or what hard work a good, strong & healthly marriage is.  Bet if she were asked who her best friend is, it wouldn’t be Kobe.  Mine would definitly be my husband plus many other roles.

  • imjustsayingagain

    Nice…the Champion will always be a champion but the b.i.t.c.h soon is going to get old and ugly, then she’ll take anything.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Lenore.Kaibel Lenore Kaibel

    So, she shops and goes to the health club and parties, he has to win championships. This guy could have anyone. Her, she might be nice to look at but she is probably pretty useless and girls like her are a nickle a pack.

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  • Benjamin Rain

    It really only means that Kobe is a fool for being with her. She’s a hoe bag.
    If she really knew what marriage/”love” meant she wouldn’t even be thinking that way.
    Hope Kobe got a good prenup.

  • Benjamin Rain

    “I hope you get the “thesis of  this message. ”
    Is the thesis that your an idiot? Because that’s what I got.