NBA Lockout Lasts Longer than Humphries-Kardashian Marriage

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Who could have seen this coming?

Back in July, New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries was just another locked-out NBA player. In August, he became a reality TV husband  to Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian.

This morning, after just 72 days of wedded bliss, Kardashian essentially cancelled the marriage when she officially  filed for divorce from Humphries. Ryan Seacrest, who serves as executive producer on the Kardashians, confirmed the news via his Twitter feed.

The NBA lockout has lasted 123 days so far --  that is 51 days longer than the Humphries-Kardashian honeymoon period.  Could the lockout be to blame for bringing an end to the fairytale?

According to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court today, Kardashian cites  irreconcilable differences and states that a prenuptial agreement will determine how the couple will divide their assets. Kardashian is asking that they pay their own attorneys' costs and for Humphries' rights to spousal support to be terminated.

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It was the first marriage for Humphries, 26 and  the second for Kardashian, who was married to a music producer from 2000 to 2004.

“I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision,” Kardashian said in a statement released to E! Online. “I had hoped this marriage was forever but sometimes things don't work out as planned.”

Forever may have seemed optimistic but 72 days? 

NBA players aren't necessarily paid the big bucks to be smart and it's entirely possible that Humphries didn't know what he was getting into when he started dating Kardashian late last year. At the time, he was a relatively well-paid professional athlete who was on the road most of the time.

But five months of the NBA lockout has meant no work for Humphries and more time with the Kardashians. Is it possible he had difficulty keeping up?

By some accounts, the rift started shortly after the multi-million dollar wedding, a lavish made-for-TV affair with 500 guests in Montecito on August 20th. Kardashian’s sisters and TV co-stars Kourtney, 32, and Khloe, 27, who have never been big fans of Humphries, served as co-maids of honor.

According to the San Jose Mercury News:

"Humphries...has been unemployed due to the basketball lockout, and has reportedly been spending Kardashian's money on parties, fancy meals and other things, much to Kim's dismay. The two have not looked happy or comfortable in public of late.

TMZ reports the couple hadn't even discussed the simple basics of married life. Apparently, Humphries insisted the two would settle down in his home state of Minnesota. Not surprisingly, Kardashian didn't take to the idea too well.

In light of the announcement, the E! network extended its support to the reality star.

"All of us at E! are surprised and saddened by this news, and we send our support to Kim and Kris at this difficult time. The Kardashians have always been uniquely open with all aspects of their lives from joyous events to intimate moments to heartbreaking transitions. E! will continue to share the fascinating real lives and larger-than-life existence of this close-knit family."

Given the fact that Kardashian and Humphries didn't even stay married long enough to launch a Chloe and Lamar-like fragrance or a reality TV spin-off  or see brother Rob through his tenure on Dancing with the Stars, we can hardly wait to see what's up next for the K family.

The Bleacher Report sums up the moral of this story —other than the fact that celebrity marriages don't last and neither Kim Kardashian nor Kris Humphries has actually done anything to deserve our devoted attention—it appears that the NBA lockout ruins lives, especially those of the rich and famous.

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