Ayesha Curry may be the most outspoken basketball wife after heavily criticizing many calls made during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Ayesha’s biggest mistake came when she angrily tweeted that the game was rigged and alleging that the refs were cheating, but did she go too far? Steph Curry seems to have changed his position about Ayesha’s over-the-top tweets, at first defending her right to an opinion, and then ultimately claiming that the situation “would be handled.”
Ayesha isn’t the first sports wife to speak up when she feels that her husband has been slighted. Gabrielle Union has been very vocal about missed calls when it comes to her husband Dwyane Wade. Not to mention that Giselle Bundchen has also spoken up and criticized Tom Brady’s teammates, when she felt that his receivers weren’t doing their jobs. While each of these women has a right to her opinion, knowing they will cause quite a stir if they post it, do they have a duty to remain as professional as their pro sports playing husbands?
— Vibe Magazine (@VibeMagazine) June 19, 2016
ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith was less than impressed with Ayesha Curry’s Twitter rant. After Ayesha tweeted that Game 6 was rigged, Smith blasted Steph Curry’s wife and compared her to LeBron James’ wife, who has remained silent about the NBA Finals and her husband’s huge role in them.
According to Stephen A. Smith, Ayesha Curry “stepped out of line, she stepped out of pocket.” The First Take commentator felt that as Steph Curry’s wife, Ayesha is a “reflection” of her Golden State Warriors husband and the team as a whole, according to Vibe. When she tweeted that the game was rigged after Curry was fouled out and then ejected, Smith and many others felt like Ayesha overstepped her bounds. Is it possible that Ayesha Curry’s quick Twitter fingers could be detrimental to the NBA and the Golden State Warriors?
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) June 19, 2016
Ayesha Curry’s words certainly could damage her husband’s career. For those who disagree, take a lesson from Mika Grimes. Mika is the wife of former Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes. After Mika took to Twitter in a rage last season, Brent apologized to Ryan Tannehill for the outburst and even said that he didn’t agree with Mika Grimes. That didn’t stop him from getting cut from the Dolphins just months later. Thankfully, Grimes was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his wife’s comments didn’t end his career altogether.
Now, it’s understood that as the two-time MVP and current NBA champion, Steph Curry’s job isn’t on the line. However, Ayesha Curry’s mouth could still cause her husband quite a bit of trouble. Keeping in mind that Curry is still on a rookie contract and endorsements are a huge factor in any professional athlete’s bottom line, why would Ayesha want to risk any of that with her opinion of an NBA game?
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) June 18, 2016
While Steph Curry initially defended Ayesha’s right to tweet what she wants, it seems that even his tune has changed. The Golden State Warriors MVP has spoken out about the incident and it sounds like even he would prefer if Ayesha keep her thoughts to herself regarding his career and game play.
“It’s between me and Ayesha, the conversation about what happened, that’s going to be handled,” Steph Curry said. “But other than that, that doesn’t take any spotlight off of what my job is on the floor and what these next 48 minutes are going to be like in Game 7.” Steph even joked that he may have to cut off the WiFi in order to keep Ayesha from taking to social media to blast whomever she felt didn’t do their job, in case the Golden State Warriors can’t pull off a win at home tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
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