Stephon Marbury, a one-time NBA star who most recently won a championship for his Chinese Basketball Association team, will appear with his wife, Latasha, on the next season of VH1’s Basketball Wives, and recent headlines show he’s a perfect fit for the show.
Marbury, The New York Post reports, though married, hooked up with his personal chef Thurayyah Mitchell five times. What’s more, Marbury offered Mitchell nearly a million bucks to keep quiet about the affair. The hush money was to keep the Knicks, Marbury’s team at the time, and his wife in the dark about the affair.
Marbury, who hired and fired Mitchell in 2006, paid around $600,000 before stopping payments in 2010, at which time she requested an arbitrator.
NJ.com reports that all this took place at the same time James Dolan, Isiah Thomas and the Knicks were battling a sexual harassment suit in 2007 for alleged misconduct.
“It is uncontroverted that during Ms. Mitchell’s employment, she had a sexual relationship with Stephon Marbury which she described as occurring on approximately five occasions,” the arbitrator found, according to The Post.
It seems Mitchell was under the impression that keeping the man known as Starbury happy was a part of her job, along with cooking for the former All-Star guard’s wife and three children. The arbitrator awarded Mitchell $330,000.
Marbury’s NBA career ended after a four-game stint with the Boston Celtics in the 2008-09 season. In 2011-12, he led the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association to their first ever championship.
Marbury and his wife Latasha have been married since September 14, 2002.
Neither Marbury, his wife, or Mitchell have publicly commented on the situation, so fans may just have to wait until Basketball Wives‘ next season to find out more.