Every fan of basketball, especially the WNBA wing, would definitely know the American professional basketball player Candace Parker, a versatile basketballer who plays in the position of a forward for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. The basketball star comes from a family of renowned ballers and consequently started playing from a young age, she has won the reputation of one of the most decorated female basketballers of all time.
She has earned several awards and commendations to her credit which include; a WNBA Finals MVP award, a WNBA championship, two national championships, two WNBA regular-season MVP awards, two Olympic gold medals, a Naismith College Player of the Year award and several other unlisted awards and recognition.
Husband, Divorce, Daughter, Brother
Talking about how the basketball star became involved in the sports industry, we came to understand that her entire family is into basketball, her father Larry Parker played the game in the past but one of her brothers, Anthony Parker, is currently playing for NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. According to Anthony, he is the best basketballer of the Parker family. Her second brother Marcus Parker is a doctor by profession.
The basketball superstar is a divorced single mother of one; she was married to ex-basketball player Shelden Williams who played for Duke University, the couple got married in Lake Tahoe California on the 13th day of November 2008 after many months of courtship and the next year, on the 13th day of May 2009, they had a baby girl called Lailaa Nicole Williams. The couple appeared to be happy in their union for seven whole years, but it appeared that the tables got turned on Candace Parker in 2015 when her husband slapped divorced papers on her, demanding a spouse settlement and joint custody of their daughter Lailaa. According to Williams, they have been separated for a while and have been living apart since August; he just wanted to make things official since their differences were irreconcilable.
Shelden Williams’ career with the NBA spanned for six seasons and he raked in a total of $12 million dollars during his active years in basketball but he is making a huge spouse support demand from Candace Parker and also expects her to take care of his attorney bills. From all indications, it appears that the court has ruled in Williams favor and he is due to get a fat alimony cheque of $400,000 from his ex-wife. On her own part, Candace has agreed to pay the alimony but have refused to honor the payment of an ongoing spouse support. The couple also sold their house in Encino, CA for the sum of $4,390,000 and shared the profit between them.
In the case of their daughter Lailaa, the consensus is on a joint legal and physical custody with neither of them paying child support, but her education and the cost of her care will be split between the two parents. Despite her busy schedule, the WNBA star has devised a way to stay close to her daughter, especially when she is away for a long time. They make homemade sleep calendars and every night while she is on the phone talking to her daughter, they cross out a day together which is a way of saying a day closer to seeing each other.
It is expected that a basketball player should be very tall and Candace Parker is not an exception, the female basketballer stands at a great height of 6 feet 4 inches or 1.93 m with a corresponding weight of 82 kg. The details of her other body statistics are not public knowledge but her Afro-American heritage has endowed her with black hair and black eye color. The basketball star also has some tattoos on different parts of her body; on her left wrist, she has an inscription that says “To whom much is given, much is expected” and on her right wrist, you find a key that matches the lock on Williams (her husband’s) wrist. It is on record that there is still a third one on her lower back, perhaps a secret one.
Salary, What Does Candace Parker Earn?
The Los Angeles Sparks Forward’s current net worth has been pegged at $2 million by a reliable source, The beautiful basketballer has earned her fortune from the salaries she has received from basketball over the years and the endorsements she has with some multinational companies like Adidas.
For instance, when she was with the Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg in 2015, she earned an annual salary of $1,200,000, the endorsements she has with several companies rakes in the sum of $3 million annually and her own share from the proceeds of the sale of the house she co-owned with her ex-husband which was sold at the sum of $4,390,000 also went a long way to boost the athlete’s net worth.