Erik Spoelstra’s ex-wife, Nikki Spoelstra, responded to criticism about “fumbling the bag” after the Miami Heat head coach signed a record eight-year contract extension.
In an Instagram post, Nikki addressed societal perceptions, highlighting the scrutiny women face regarding their choices in relationships and expressing the impact of years of harassment on her emotional health.
“Lol. I’m going to address this comment NOT as it pertains to my personal life choices but as it relates to a general thought process that I believe a lot of people have and that a lot of people have harassed me with over the years,” Nikki stated.
“According to crass, ignorant, uninformed society at large, women can’t ‘win.’
“Women can’t be genuinely in love with someone successful. No, they’re pretending and they’re in it for the money. And if a woman chooses to not be with a successful partner, apparently she’s an idiot.
“And no, I won’t ignore it. IgNoRiNg iT (harassment) for years messed with my emotional health and people need to have a better understanding of how their words can affect other people. Not just me. But people. In general. Be nicer.”
The comments came two months after Erik and Nikki finalized their divorce, ending their seven-year marriage.
The former couple, parents to three children, emphasized their commitment to co-parenting and maintaining privacy. Spoelstra’s contract extension solidifies his position as one of the NBA’s highest-paid coaches.