“I Haven’t Been Going Through A Lot Of Nothing” Shannon Brown Nonchalantly Talks Divorce From Monica
While Monica has shed tears about her divorce and offered explanations to absolve her estranged husband and father of her daughter of any presumed guilt, Shannon Brown, the former NBA player, is taking a different approach. Up until now, we haven’t heard him say anything about the news that he and Monica are parting ways. But earlier today, Brown appeared on TV One’s “Sister Circle” to speak mostly about his new role in Ice Cube’s new basketball league for former players The Big 3.
But after they asked about the competition involved in the league and even Lamar Odom’s recent dismissal, they alluded to the only issue I would care to hear from Shannon Brown: his divorce from his wife of nearly nine years, Monica.
One of the hosts of the daytime talk show hosted by Black women, Rashan Ali said to Brown, “We know you’re going through something right now so what have you learned about yourself and being able to co-parent and all that stuff.”
Brown seemed almost confused by the question. In response, he said:
“Umm…I haven’t been going through a lot of nothing. You know what I mean? I feel like a lot of people take stories that they hear and they kind of blow it up for entertainment purposes. I learned how to ignore the negativity and just keep pushing forward. I think that’s what it’s all about. And it’s funny because I think a lot of people got the same idea. When they see me they’re like, ‘Are you okay?,’ And I’m like ’I’m fine. What’s wrong?’ It’s part of it though when you’re in the public eye you’ve to be able to deal with whatever come along with it. I’m strong in my faith and my spirituality so that’s what pull me or push me.”
Well, there you have it.
I was just going to leave it at that but I have to say that this response, in addition to not actually answering the question, seems to be too nonchalant. I understand that not all divorces are messy. Judging by the way they’re both handling things publicly, there’s a good chance that they’re civil with one another behind closed doors as well. But going through a divorce after nine years of marriage is something. Splitting from the person you made vows to be with til death, is something. Not only that, living separately from your child is something–if nothing more than an adjustment. I could one of those people who is “blowing this up” but it seems like either Brown is suppressing his emotions or he’s not really considering the gravity of what’s happening right now.
What do you make of this response? You can watch it in the video below.