Vanessa Bryant, wife of Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, is taking flack on Twitter after she said in an interview that she wouldn't want to be married to a man who can't win championships.
"I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can't win championships," Vanessa Bryant said in an interview with New York magazine, which you can read in its entirety here. "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."
Vanessa Bryant was interviewed as part of a New York piece on basketball wives and their fashion choices.
Kobe has five rings with the Lakers, the most recent being in 2010.
Vanessa Bryant's marriage to Kobe has been rocky since she filed for divorce in 2011, although it didn't appear championships were a factor.
While Vanessa Bryant filed divorce papers, she has yet to finalize the documents amid talks that she and Kobe are on a path to reconciliation, TMZ reported.
In the New York magazine interview, Vanessa mentioned how she stands in the tunnel at Lakers games to give Kobe a kiss.
"If you notice, I am the only one allowed in that tunnel," she said. "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."
Most Twitter users were enraged at Vanessa Bryant's comments about marriage and championships, with some calling her a "gold digger" for her remark. "Vanessa Bryant" was trending on the micro-blogging site Wednesday. Others just thought she was too demanding.
"Vanessa Bryant said she couldnt marry someone who couldnt get rings but she didnt finish high school. Kobe must really love her," wrote @ItsG_REG.
"Vanessa Bryant is worse than coaches for most professional sports teams," said @UncleKwa.
"Women are gold diggers.. Ask vanessa bryant..," said @_HippieSpirit_.
"Vanessa Bryant Golddigger Of the Year," wrote @Dj_louisanimal.
"Vanessa Bryant comments are so stupid to me," tweeted @PeteThePraiser.
Some Twitter users sided with Vanessa Bryant, citing the time away that the commitment of an NBA career demands.
Twitter user @KatLong310 said she was "on the fence about Vanessa Bryant's comment. I mean ya if you are away from your fam and training all the time, you should easily win a ring."