Vince Carter's ex-wife Ellen Rucker is the sister of Antawn Jamison's ex-wife, Lone Rucker. Together, they are starring in a new reality show on the WE channel called "Love Thy Sister." I watched a bunch of promotional videos and trailers or whatever you call them. The show looks utterly unwatchable, frankly, though I'm sure people will watch it. The entire show "reality" looks scripted, and one video I watched was Antawn's ex-wife Lone sitting down with one of their other sisters, named Londyn. At some point they start throwing wine at each other for no reason other than the producer probably asked them too.
Ellen is a chiropractor in a town called Lancaster in South Carolina. She's been practicing there for ten years and owns the business. She's currently dating a guy named named Bakari Sellers, who is a very young South Carolina congressman and a pretty big deal considering he was elected in 2006 at the age of 22. If there's a congressman in the world you can begin to feel like trusting (not sure there is), it's a young black guy from South Carolina. Generally speaking, the United States is not a place that empowers young black men. This guy seems seems pretty cool to me, and he seems like a real catch for Vince Carter's ex-wife Ellen Rucker. They've been dating for about five years.
Ellen says her biggest disappointment was her divorce from Vince. They had been college sweethearts, and they had a kid together named Kai. She says she thought she knew Vince (she did for ten years) but in the end she didn't. Ellen is quite a classy lady, to be sure, and I'm glad she's with Congressman Sellers. If you want a little anecdote about her ex-husband: I went to a Celtics game about nine or ten years ago, and I was with a guy who had a real talent for getting under player's skin and having them jawwing back at him. Of all the players who he heckled, Vince was by far the most animated and fiery. At one point, my friend had wondered aloud if Vince had recently spent some time playing for an Eastern European team (implying he wasn't hacking it recently at the NBA level). Vince was yelling all sorts of stuff back to him. When he got substituted, he was sitting on the bench pointing to his ankle and trying to tell my friend that he was injured and so that's why he wasn't playing up to his potential. He also threw out a dumb insult about my friend's mom. If you don't use any swear words, you're allowed to heckle the players as much as you want, and it helps if you have a really funny pal with you.
Tony Allen's wife Desiree Allen had to be happy after his $20 million contract got inked back in 2013. Having been ranked one of the best perimeter defenders for years and being selected to the All-Defensive team (in my mind a serious achievement) made him worthy of the deal. So now Miss Desiree is living it up in Memphis after tying the knot with Tony in June of 2013.
I've seen a video of Tony Allen's wife Desiree Allen dancing with him at their wedding, and she was doing the Spanish-style shoulder shake move. Well, that's not the technical dancing term for it, but it reminded me of the tango. In short, the couple was having a good old time and enjoying their wedding. His little boy recently appeared on some Twitter videos, and Desiree always looks very happy with him. She appears to have a cool braided hairstyle in one photo where she's playing with their son. So starting a family with Desiree and settling down in Memphis with a big contract appears to really be working out.
Tony Allen's wife Desiree Allen must get a kick out of all the videos Tony's been posting of him and his son. I'm not sure exactly when Desiree had the baby, but you can tell Tony is enjoying being a Dad now. The couple have also taken part in the FIT Valentine's Mother's Day Out last February. FIT is Families In Transition and is a program designed to combat domestic violence. The NFL might want to start a program like that. Anyway, they had the program at the Westin Hotel in downtown Memphis, and everybody that took part were greeted by Tony and Desiree. Desiree even said a few words about being indirectly affected by domestic violence, and Tony hung out with the kids there. Always nice to see couples helping the community.
James Johnson's wife Callie Johnson was allegedly hit during a domestic dispute Saturday morning, which ultimately led to the Grizzlies forward arrest and charges filed.
The two began arguing after leaving Beale Street in Memphis around 2am. Johnson was arrested and booked into County Jail shortly after 4:00am Saturday morning, and charged with domestic assault after allegedly hitting and choking his wife. Johnson initially left after the argument, but returned home to find police interviewing his wife. Callie told police that both had been drinking, and in a police affidavit, accused Johnson of punching a hole in a bathroom door, where she was hiding.
James and Callie Johnson were married in July, 2012 and have one daughter together. If these accusations turn out to be true, it's another in a long line of domestic assaults throughout professional sports. It's a sad and alarming trend that shows no signs of slowing down.
The Grizzlies only official statement thus far was to say they were gathering information and had no further statements. Johnson was in court Monday where he pled not guilty.