He also happens to be playing worse than he usually does. The result is an uptick in talk about the “Kardashian curse“the myth that any athlete dating one of the reality stars immediately starts sucking at sports.
Apparently seasoned ABC commentator Jeff Van Gundy has had enough of the rumors, though, because when the camera cut to Kardashian (seated with sister Kourtney and her children) during Friday’s game, he launched into a thoughtful defense ofthe reality star.
Here’s a transcript of his speech:
Ive noticed a lot in this series the debate about why Tristan Thompson has not played well. And he hasnt played well. But the debate about whether his significant other, Khloe Kardashian, and the Kardashian curse, is the reason, to me, is downright low-rent.
Hegoes on to reference league stars LeBron James and Steph Curry. Both playershave struggledin games duringtheir careers, but theirsignificant others seem to bespared thekind of criticism Kardashian faces from NBA fans.
“This Kardashian shaming is because shes an easy target,” Van Gundy concluded. “And I dont know her or her family, but I do know this: She deserves an apology for anybody who participated in that type of debate.
Co-analystMark Jacksonseemed to be on the same page as Van Gundy. “I couldn’t agree with you more,” he replied. “It’s total disrespect, and it is low-rent. We are better than that.”
The duo’s unanimous take on the situation, while random, is big in terms of league standards for discourse.
SB Nation pointed out that, historically speaking, blaming the girlfriend is a tried and true media narrative for a lot of athletes. “Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn are a recent example, and so was Kardashian when she previously dated Lamar Odom.”
Cleveland won, 137-116.