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Stop me if you've heard this one before: celebrity/athlete sends nude pictures to someone, who turns around and shares them with the world. And that's the best case scenario. Unfortunately for Mark Jackson, things got much, much worse...
Approximately 6 years, Jackson was an announcer for the New Jersey Nets. During his time there, he met Alexis Adams. She was a dancer from a local strip club. During their time together, Jackson sent some nude shots to Adams. After a year, things ended and they went their separate ways. No harm, no foul, right?
Wrong. Flash forward to earlier this year, Jackson was approached by a stranger man while on a road trip with the Warriors. The man, Marcus Shaw, presented Jackson with the photos as demanded money for them or he would release them to the press. Jackson gave him $5000 in an effort to make his mistake finally disappear. You see, Jackson has been married for 22 years to singer Desiree Coleman. Things crossed the line with Jackson when Shaw contacted Coleman about the pictures. He contacted the FBI, who began building their case in April. Shaw and Adams were both arrested and charged with felony extortion on June 28, 2012.
To her credit, Coleman knew of the affair and has been supportive of her husband during the extortion attempts. The couple has remained together and are co-pastors at the True Love Worship Center in Los Angeles. Together they have 4 children. Coleman is most the know for her in the off-broadway musical Mama, I Want to Sing during the 80's.
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Stephen Curry married his fiancee Ayesha Alexander on July 30, 2011. While his wedding is noteworthy unto itself, it's the couple's selfless gesture that really caught our attention.
PlayerWives.com has literally spent hundreds of hours researching the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes. Occasionally, our research will lead us to wedding registries of the athlete's we're reviewing. Dan Haren, Josh Beckett, Jay Cutler and of course Brian McCann all had wedding registries readily available for the public to find and shop on. Hell, Jose Bautista had a baby registry online. If you ask us, the days of tough economies and 500 point losses on the DOW, it comes across as poor taste multi-millionaires to be registering for gravy boats and wine glasses.
Apparently, Steph Curry and his girlfriend Ayesha Alexander agreed with us.
In one of the classier moves we've seen reported in recent memory, Stephen and his new wife Ayesha Alexander have asked guests to donate to www.ThanksUSA.org in lieu of wedding gifts for the newlyweds. ThanksUSA supports active duty military personnel across all branches of the military, by awarding scholarships to their children and spouses.
Congratulations to the couple and specifically to Steph Curry's wife Ayesha Alexander for forgoing the tradition. We applaud your effort, and certainly hope that more will follow in your footsteps.
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UPDATE: Charlie Bell's Wife, Kenya Bell, was arrested late Monday and charged with assaulting her husband. According to the police, the former Miss Michigan USA attacked her husband with a box cutter and he sustained minor injuries. Kenya Bell was released on $5,000 bail and ordered to have no contact with her husband, Charlie Bell which, judging from the mugshot to the right, is a good thing. Charlie seems to agree, posting on his twitter: "This has been the longest day of my life, let the bath water start. I need to unwind."
Charlie Bell played sparingly this season for the Golden State Warriors after playing 5 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and, prior to that, winning the national title while at Michigan State.
Kenya Bell, a model and former Miss Michigan USA, is Charlie Bell's wife. Kenya Bell was a model, appearing in campaigns for, among others, Ford Motor Company and Bally's. According to her own, not very modest, website she owns "hybrid Lexus, a convertible BMW, a 6 carat diamond ring, and a 10,000 square foot house". Well, we're all proud of you Kenya.
She has two singles on iTunes ("His Name" and "He"), appeared on E! True Hollwood Story: Basketball Wives TV show and works with several charities including her own called Soles 2 Souls.