Earlier this week, NBA superstar's wife Vanessa Bryant was on the receiving end of harsh criticism after her comments during an interview with New York magazine sparked controversy.
"I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can't win championships. 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," Bryant said. Her words resulted in harsh comments from twitter users.
"Women are gold diggers... Ask vanessa bryant..," said @_HippieSpirit_.
Now, Bryant is saying that her words were taken out of context.
"I'm sad to hear that comments in my New York Magazine interview are being misconstrued and taken out of context. I have and will continue to support my husband's dreams... For anyone to think otherwise is wrong. It is not about being married to a 'winner' it is about our sacrifice as a family," Kobe Bryant's wife told TMZ.
Kobe Bryant married Vanessa in 2001, after seeing her on a music video set. She was a background dancer and was still in high school. He was 21-years old and she was just seventeen. His parents refused to attend their wedding ceremony.
The couple has since had two children, but Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce from Kobe Bryant after over ten years of marriage earlier this year, citing "irreconcilable difference." There may be a reconciliation in the works, however, as Vanessa Bryant was in London with her children to support Kobe Bryant as he won Olympic gold on the U.S. Men's Basketball Team.