Earlitha ‘Cookie’ Johnson, wife of legendary Hall-of-Famer Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, thinks the Basketball Wives franchise is a distorted depiction of what players and their families are really like and frankly finds the reality shows of the sort “sad.”
“I don’t like it,” Cookie told orlandosentinel.com. “I think it’s sad because that’s a small taste of athletes and their families.”
Cookie, who probably can’t relate to the non-wife status of many of the faux wives on the show, recently chatted with the online circuit during a showcase for her “CJ By Cookie Johnson” jeans at the Neiman Marcus store in Mall of Milenia in Orlando, Florida.
The real, gorgeous basketball wife took a note from her husband’s entrepreneurial spirit and started her own line of jeans to fit her curves because the market was void of the right fit.
Moving forward, what’s her further assessment of the ever-popular show?
“It’s sad that you get stereotyped like that. I have so many friends that have good marriages.”
While Mrs. Johnson didn’t speak directly about her twenty-year marriage to her Michigan State college sweetheart, Magic’s publicized announcement of HIV to his wife and to the world just a year after marriage would have made the couple a well-sought after contender for the despised reality show.
However, the two weathered the storm and both are now leaders in the fight against HIV and AIDS.