*Oh well, another celebrity marriage has just bit the dust.
Former NBA player turned NBA announcer, NBA coach (Golden State Warriors), Mark Jackson and Desiree Coleman are divorcing.
It was Coleman, a gospel singer/actress, who filed the papers on Wednesday. She and Jackson, who’s also a minister at the True Love Worship Center International in Reseda, California, have been married for 27 years.
Desiree and Mark – who have four children together – have been living a part for some time.
“Unfortunately, the relationship just ran its course,” she told The Blast. “We are both God-loving people and will co-parent our children.”
She added that Jackson is “an amazing man and is one of the best people you can ever meet in life.”
Like most marriages, the Jacksons had some rough patches to deal with. In 2012, Jackson was the target of an extortion plot over an extramarital affair he had in 2006. He initially paid a small sum of money, but when the extortionists asked for more, he reported the incident to the FBI.
Jackson played his high school and college ball in New York City and was a sensation for the New York Knicks during the early part of his career. He also played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets in an NBA career that spanned from 1987 to 2004.
After retiring from playing basketball, Jackson became a broadcast commentator for ESPN and ABC alongside his former coach Jeff Van Gundy and play-by-play man Mike Breen. He also worked as an analyst for The YES Network’s New Jersey Nets games. In 2011, the Golden State Warriors hired Jackson as head coach. He coached the team for three seasons, but was fired in 2014 despite leading the Warriors to consecutive playoff appearances for the first time in over 20 years. On May 17, 2014, Jackson reached a multiyear agreement to return to ESPN as a game analyst.
Now, Mark’s patented expression, “Mama, there goes that man!” has a whole new meaning.