Tanya Young: “2 Dates with a Player and You’re a Star”

December 22, 2011  |  

The game has changed; and according to about 99% of the people who are sick of basketball wives’ antics, the change is not for the better.

Tanya Young, ex-wife of New Jersey Nets player Jayson Williams, recently talked to the Daily Beast about the difference between dating an athlete now and when she first met her ex in the 90s.

“When I met and married Jayson 20 years ago, the wives and girlfriends received no attention at all. No one cared who they were married to or who they were dating.

“No one noticed you, but today all you have to do is go on two dates with an NBA player and you’re a star, too. It’s a strange new world, and these young girls get very caught up in the fame more than anything.”

I just had a vision of a young Jackie Christie if things were the way they are today when she met Doug. Can you imagine that?

Tanya says even women who marry players for love have no idea how difficult it is being with someone who’s admired by so many as she talked about sleeping with a knife under her pillow before her husband was eventually sent to jail for killing a limo driver in 2002.

For a lot of women, it seems the shoes and handbags outweigh the negatives of having a professional athlete for a husband, Tanya says.

“young girls today that marry these guys won’t listen to anyone. I’ve tried to pass on what I know, but these young girls pay you no mind.”

Well the men better start paying Kobe some mind and make sure they don’t get caught up without a pre-nup.

Do you think athlete’s wives should go back to being seen and not heard?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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