I don’t really pay much attention to sports so when Miami Heat players were getting blinged out during a Ring Ceremony Tuesday night I was like, wait, what, championship? I don’t know what you’re talking about. I do know a little somethin’ somethin’ about basketball wives, girlfriends, groupies, and jump-offs though which is all anyone is paying attention to when it comes to those championship rings right about now.
While you were sleeping, or eating, or minding your own business, the ladies beside the Heat’s Big 3 (Lebron, Chris Bosch, and D Wade) were showing off their new jewels on Social Media — matching championship rings. Basically, when the athletes were ringed, they turned around and put matching rings on their ladies, Savannah Brinson, Adrienne Bosch, and Gabrielle Union. Awwwww.
Don’t roll your eyes at me!
It actually took me a minute to get to that “aww” response because my initial, uninhibited reaction was GTFOHWTBS. The thing is, when I first saw the matching rings it wasn’t through pics like Gabby and Adrienne’s who captured themselves with their man and put sweet messages like:
“A man on a journey…Always Growing, Always Fighting,Always Working,Always with a pure heart.I Love this man xoxo” (Adrienne).
I saw Savannah’s hand with bedazzled stilleto nails on top of an Hermes bag tweeting “Kiss the ring” and envisioned her playing “I Get Money” while the pic was snapped and I caught an attitude like, chick you didn’t earn that. But then again, maybe she did.
As much of a physical commitment as basketball is for the players, the women who support these men are putting in some type of work too. Sure, they have housekeepers and no doubt a nanny or two or seven, but while their men are out dribbling a ball on some court they are essentially operating as single mothers throughout the season, and undoubtedly missing some TLC from their guy that they could definitely use, not to mention putting up with tons of gossip (wink). I’m going to assume for a minute that everyone in these relationships has good intentions and true love for the other, and whether they are wife, fianceé or girlfriend, their relationship operates as a partnership. Therefore, for as much physical endurance their ball-playing counterpart puts in, they have to muster up a lot of emotional strength to handle being with them as well. So, in essence, they earned that ring too, just in a different way.
That being said, I know some of ya’ll are ready to go in like the slew of people on other sites pointing out the fact that Savannah got a championship ring sooner than an engagement one, Gabrielle Union is a homewrecking slore, and neither one of these women will probably ever become wives to begin with. But then there are some who figure there are a lot of regular wives out here in need of some rings too and see this act as being no different than a man buying his wife some jewelry for putting up with his BS after he lands a big account at work. It’s really all relative.
While I could certainly do without all the posturing from these ladies over these jewels, at the end of the day I think anytime a man shows his woman some love and acknowledges the part she plays in his success, it should be applauded — and taken with a grain of expensive salt.
How do you feel about these “Basketball Wives” championship rings?