Smith, you see, has the honor of being the one reality TV star who’s believed to have slept with four cast members of the same program: His wife of 13 years Mynique Smith of course; and RHOA co-stars Phaedra Parks , Nene Leakes and singer Kandi Burruss, back in his NFL days.
For that, and the fact he didn’t tell the wife, a RHOA newbie, until he was forced to fess up on the show have made him the bad guy on the current season of the Bravo reality fare.
And then, there is what the former Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers defensive end said about Phaedra and Kandi — that they didn’t mean anything to him and were just members of his “roster” and his “team.”
Gossip Extra chatted exclusively with the 44-year-old Smith, and we asked him what he was thinking.
“I should have talked about them (Phaedra and Kandi) in a different way,” Smith said. “And I should’ve given my wife a little more information about them. It’s just unfortunate I got caught in this situation.”
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There’s a real possibility at this point that agents of NFL rookies considering Smith for a mentoring gig might thing twice about it, even if Smith says his behavior on the show shouldn’t change anyone’s mind about him.
“Why is what I did at 27 that important,” he told me. “It should be about what I do now, teaching the art of the pass rush and how to be a good NFL rookie.
“I’ve been surprised at all these attacks, which are more directed at my wife than me.”
Smith says he hooked up with Kandi because “she was nice” and “her momma cooked good food.”
“But we were in a lifestyle of entertainment,” Smith said. “I had four girls in every corner of the stadium.”
How about sexy attorney Phaedra?
“Phaedra was just the ugly ducking from the sixth grade,” he said. “It’s unfortunate she got caught up in this.”