NBA star says Evelyn Lozada ran off after the money ran out
Is Evelyn Lozada a misunderstood abuse survivor or a sneaky gold digger who runs from man-to-man in order to suck out his financial blood? Well, it depends on who you ask. Evelyn is known for being the most violent member of the show “Basketball Wives,” but has also made a nice career for herself as a celebrity girlfriend. She just had a baby with MLB star Carl Crawford, who signed a recent contract earning $20 million dollars per year. This is not her first high-profile athlete relationship. She’s also dated Chad Johnson, who is now broke. Before Chad, there was Antoine Walker, who is now also broke.
Is this a coincidence or is Evelyn the Black Widow among wealthy athletes? John Harris at The BOSS Sports Network has an article on the topic, speaking about Antoine Walker’s claim that Evelyn is hardly the loyal fiancee. According to Walker, when he filed for bankruptcy, Evelyn didn’t stand with him as a good wife would. Instead, she ran for the hills to find green pastures (and bank accounts). Read more of what John has to say:
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Before Evelyn Lozada became “famous” on the reality show Basketball Wives, before her and Chad Ochocinco ever became a reality show train wreck, before Evelyn hit the jackpot by having a baby with Carl Crawford and his $142 million baseball contract, Lozada was in a 10-year relationship with Antoine Walker.
Walker, who has made over $100 million in his basketball career, was engaged to Lozada, admits that he easily spent a “couple of million” on his ex-fiancèe and even her family benefited from his generosity, but when he fell on hard times financially he accuses her of bouncing on him and never looking back.
“My thing with Evelyn is she reaped a lot of benefits of my wealth. And when it got tight, she chose to go a different direction. So that’s the problem that I have with Evelyn. That’s more personal…
I dated Evelyn for 10 years. In 1999, I signed my ninth deal in 1999. So she got to reap the full benefits of the whole process. She played her part. You think someone will have your back and that’s my whole thing. Evelyn went on with her reality show and we all know all her relationships she’s been in since me. It hasn’t been about let me make sure Antoine is okay. So that’s a big difference. That’s why I have a problem with Evelyn. It’s more personal. It’s tough when you take care of some people and you make sure that they’re good, their family, their daughters and then they just go left field.
We got engaged in 2007. We broke up for a minute so that’s what delayed the marriage, and towards the end, she left when things hit the fan.”
Lozada recalls things a little bit differently, citing Walker’s cheating ways as the reason she left.
I don’t talk about u why talk about me?! Move on it’s been 5 years! ✌️
— Evelyn Lozada (@EvelynLozada) July 30, 2014
If you have seen the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Broke, you are familiar with the story of how years of high-stakes gambling, bad business deals, frivolous spending and an insatiable entourage sapped Walker’s earnings of over $100 million to him filing for bankruptcy in 2010.
Antoine Walker is now promoting his documentary called Gone In An Instant which details the rise and fall of his fame and fortune. Walker hopes that through his film, he can keep other NBA players from making the same mistakes that he did.
“I wanted to be one of the ones to step in front of my story and tell of how I ended up losing my wealth and make it a positive thing. I think sometimes everybody looks at it as a negative thing, but I want to make it a positive thing and one, let people know how I lost my wealth, but also educate the new guys coming into the league and make sure they don’t make the mistakes that I made.”
Check out Antoine Walker’s interview below: