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Kris Humphries Looks Back On Life With Kim Kardashian While Announcing Retirement

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Kris Humphries Looks Back On Life With Kim Kardashian While Announcing Retirement

Kris Humphries Looks Back On Life With Kim Kardashian While Announcing Retirement

On Tuesday morning, Kris Humphries made the shocking announcement that he’s retiring from the NBA. While sharing the big news, Humphries looked back on his career and also talked about how marrying Kim Kardashian took a major toll on his life. The 34-year-old athlete wrote an extremely personal essay for The Players’ Tribune published on Tuesday, in which he talks about his love for the sport, but how being with Kim turned his life upside down.

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While admitting that their relationship was “100 percent real,” he says he wasn’t expecting how his life would change after becoming famous because of his public relationship. He even recalled the intense embarrassment he felt when he was booed at the NBA games after Kim filed for divorce just 72 days after they tied the knot.

“I didn’t know how to handle it, because I never thought I was going to be famous in that way,” he explains. “I remember having this moment when I was getting booed so hard in Philly, and I thought to myself, ‘Why exactly are they booing me, though? Is it just because I’m That Guy from TV? Do they think I was trying to be famous? Is it because they think I disrespected the game of basketball?’ The last one killed me, because all I’ve ever wanted to be known for was basketball.”

He went on to say,

“My whole life, I was a really confident, happy person,” he shares. “But nothing can prepare you for the feeling of walking down the street, or being anywhere, really — the grocery store, the gas station — and having people literally running up on you and trying to film you, trying to grab you, saying God knows what.”

Humphries said after that experience he had major anxiety and fell into a dark place. In the midst of that, he said he also gave up defending himself and “didn’t want to be Kris Humphries” anymore.

“It’s the craziest feeling in the world, not wanting to be yourself. And I didn’t even want to say anything to defend myself, because it felt like I couldn’t win. You can’t go up against the tabloids. You can’t go up against that machine. There’s no point. And even if I played that game, I felt like it would be disrespecting the game of basketball.”

Humphries continues,

“I know that most people will always see me as That F****** Guy from TV,” he acknowledges. “And I get it. I signed up for it. I don’t want any pity at all. But I hope that true fans of basketball remember me as a grinder, as a guy who transformed into a heck of a rebounder, and as a guy who always tried to put the game in the best light.”

Although it was a tough time for him, he managed to get through it. In his personal essay, he thanked his idol, NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki, as well as the game of basketball and his family for getting him through the tough times.

So what does he plan to do now? Well, he says he going into business, opening restaurants around the Midwest.

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