Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Maxim-izing Dollars

Evelyn Lozada has gone from ashy to classy, back to ashy and now back to classy! Let me explain for those unfamiliar with this Basketball "Wife." Evelyn is the former long-term girlfriend (I think of double-digit years) of ex-Boston Celtic, Antoine Walker. Antoine was an all-star player who played his way to over $100 million dollars in the NBA only to lose it all because of a gambling problem. It was a very sad story as he gambled his worth down to $4 million dollars with over $12 million in debt when he filed for bankruptcy.

This eventually led to Antoine and Evelyn dissolving their relationship. Rumors say that Antoine gave her $560k to hide from financial investigators for safe keeping, but Evelyn used it to open her business down in the Miami area. She told investigators that she sold her engagement ring to get the money for her business. For her sake, she'd better be telling the truth about the lump sum because those investigators will find out if she lied.

Despite the new business, Evelyn had gone from a basketball "wife" of a $100 million dollar man to a basketball "wife" of a man in debt facing potential jail time for fraudulent checks. Some people say that she left Antoine because he was broke, but others say that his gambling problems and legal troubles drove her away. Whether she was a gold digger or not, Evelyn was no longer living the high life.

Along comes the "Basketball Wives" reality show. The show featured a bunch of women (ironically, most of them are not married) who sit around night clubs, drinking expensive alcohol and arguing with one another. Of course, in the 21st century, that's the formula for a hit show. The result: Evelyn has worked her way up to millionaire status while Antoine is playing minor league basketball making just a little more than me. She used her relationship with him to parlay it into being a reality star. Like it or not, it's legal and a lot of people are using their brush with fame to make it big today. You don't have to be famous to get famous. Just know someone.


Evelyn became one of the more popular women on the show. She's trended on Twitter numerous times and has flipped her role on the show into multiple appearances on-screen and online. She has raised her status even higher with a recent appearance in Maxim magazine. For those unfamiliar with Maxim, it is one of the premier, non-nude, men's magazine. Arguably, the most popular men's magazine in the last 15 years. Evelyn has also moved on in her dating life and has gotten engaged to NFL all-star, Chad Ochocinco, who just played in the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago. They're set to get married this summer which will be a nice season premier for a new reality show. Don't be surprised if this union of reality show personalities gives birth to a potential Chad and Evelyn reality show centered around their upcoming wedding. Cha-ching! Chad is no stranger to reality shows after his short VH1 dating show stint "Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch." On that show, he selected a young lady by the name of Rubi Pazmino (who, by the way, is smoking hot) and they dated for a while shortly before Ochocinco finding love with Evelyn.

Look, you all that have read my blog long enough know that I despise reality shows. I think that they take people without talent, who will work for cheap, and turn them into glorified YouTube stars. But, I can't get mad at Evelyn. She's living the new American dream: take your 15 minutes of fame and flip it into an hour of fame. It's all about Maxim-izing dollars.



Side note: The winner of the Book Giveaway for "Full Rising Mooner" was selected by The Mrs. and will be announced soon!


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14 comments:

  1. Chad Ochocinco? Wow, moving from one has-been athlete to another.

    Did you see the story of 85, the day after the Super Bowl, being in court to argue tickets? Classy...

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    1. Yeah, what a way to end a season. A Super Bowl loss and a court appearance.

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  2. Well I don't love her taste in men, but think it's great that she has found happiness, and I assume she has no kids?? I bet 85 ends up in financial woes soon enough. Professional sports leagues should give these guys a crash course in financial planning.

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    1. Hopefully, 85 is smart with his money. I did hear that Evelyn didn't have kids which I thought "Basketball Wives" had a two kid minimum. :)

      I don't know if she's found happiness or not. People who seem to only date athletes (a la a Kardashian) give me pause.

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    2. Actually NFL rookies are required to report to 'rookie camps' where they learn codes of conduct, receive financial advice, and are given the chance to talk to investors.

      Big surprise, most of them don't care...

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    3. Yeah, I meant to mention that. They do go through a seminar that teaches them about managing money, identifying gold diggers and hanger-ons. You would think with all of the examples in the sports world that these idiots would pay attention.

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    1. That's the most important question that needs to be addressed, isn't it?

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  4. It seems everyone wants to be famous and they're certain their lives are of immense interest to everyone else...sad very sad

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    1. A lot of the new age "celebs" have gotten accustomed to the media attention and mistake it for fan interest.

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  5. That is one amazingly hot body. Jealous!!!!

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    1. No doubt, MM. She definitely has the look for TV if nothing else.

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  6. I totally hate the fact that I know this, but she does have a child. A teenage daughter that, in one episode, was graduating from high school and preparing to leave Miami for college in California.

    Please excuse me while I bury my face in today's Wall Street Journal in an attempt to gain back just a couple brain cells.

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    1. LOL! She does? I wonder why she's so focused on having twins with Ochocinco then? I guess she's feeling "motherly" again.

      Tiffany, I agree that these shows can dumb a person down a bit. I saw three episodes of "Love & Hip-Hop" recently and I was fascinated. I couldn't believe what I was seeing and when I finally stopped watching, I couldn't remember my own name.

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