So Richard Jefferson would like to dispel rumors that he left his prospective bride at the altar, calling off their July 11 wedding with only two hours’ notice. Oh, and he’s not gay. Seriously! The Spurs’ star appeared on Dan Patrick’s radio show on Wednesday to tell his side of the story, including how he broke it off with former New Jersey Nets dancer Kesha Ni’Cole Nichols via email. That’s one sensitive move right there. What, no Twitter?
And there was also a “six-figure” payoff to the jilted bride — another sweet, time-honored gesture. But Jefferson didn’t stop with Patrick. His radio blitz also included the Howard Stern show, because when you’ve just experienced the pain of breaking up with your fiance, the first person you should turn to is the wise and caring Howard Stern.
Jefferson told both Patrick and Stern that he did indeed inform the wedding guests that the nuptials were off, and that the wedding didn’t cost $2 million. He says he called his family on the previous Monday (July 6), and called her family on Tuesday. That’s four whole days notice. And he called the caterer on, um on … damn it! What are we going to do with all these tiny hot dogs?
Of course the NEW YORK POST tells a completely different story, including how some of Jefferson’s oblivious friends showed up for the wedding at the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. And then there’s the infamous “black Amex card” that THE POST says Jefferson had given his friends to use for the night. Not so, Jefferson told Patrick:
“It wasn’t the 11th hour,” Jefferson said. “We decided that Sunday we weren’t going to continue with our nuptials. Jefferson also said the wedding didn’t cost him $2 million. And he didn’t leave his credit cards for his friends.
He said don’t believe “unnamed sources.” Jefferson said people made things up. None of his friends would have called the NEW YORK POST.
Jefferson said that he did e-mail her because he wanted to get his thoughts down in an organized fashion. He explained why they decided to end it. “We’d been arguing non-stop,” Jefferson said. ”There was a lot of screaming and crying.”
Jefferson told Stern that he’s giving Nichols a “six-figure” settlement so she can start a new life. And about the rumors that he’s gay? He addressed that on Patrick’s show:
“You can’t fight the internet,” Jefferson said of rumors about his sexuality. “They start spreading rumors and it starts snow-balling. That’s the furthest thing from the truth, and it sort of pissed me off.”
Of course this whole thing was screwed from the beginning. According to the POST, the couple was to honeymoon in London, where they had tickets to one of the Michael Jackson comeback shows. Damn it, King of Pop! Why did you have to die and ruin so many relationships?!