Former New Jersey Net Richard Jefferson called off his wedding via e-mail just days before the ceremony.
The NBA player told the New York Post that the decision to split from his would-be bride, Kesha Ni’Cole Nichols, came after July 4 weekend. The couple was celebrating the holiday in Los Angeles when things came to a head, ending their five-year relationship.
"There was a lot of stress and tension in the relationship. We’ve been through a lot — but we just couldn’t continue," he said. Richard said he sent Kesha an e-mail bearing the bad news once she got on an airplane back to New York.
The two got on the phone and talked things out for about two hours, Richard revealed. And he can’t blame any one problem as the cause for the split, but rather it was "a combination of things." Since that conversation, he and Kesha haven’t spoken to each other.
"It’s been an emotional time for both of us. …I know she’s hurt. I’m hurt, too," said Richard. "I’ve made my mistakes in this relationship, 100 percent. But at the end of the day, there were some people who were responsible for the demise of it."
According to him, one thing that wasn’t behind the split was his sexuality. He batted away rumors that he might be gay and said they had nothing to do with the decision to end the relationship.
Even though the wedding was cancelled, Richard didn’t want to leave his Kesha nothing; she’s getting a "six-figure" settlement in the split. "I’m not trying to buy her off. She has a lump sum to help her move on,” he asserted.
Don’t expect him to be talking crazy about his former fiancée, either. "I won’t say a negative word about Kesha. She is one of my best friends," Richard stated.
The couple was to have been married in a ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan on July 11.
– Sonya Eskridge