GLENN RIVERS GREW up to be a star basketball player at Marquette. He dated a pretty blonde named Kris Campion and fell in love. It didn’t occur to him that anyone would object so strongly to a mixed-race couple until they slashed the tires of Kris’ car and spray-painted her parents’ home with racial epithets. The cowardly crank calls meant to unnerve them inflicted more bruises.
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Grady counseled his son to resist his anger and his hurt and harken back to Dr. King’s philosophy.
“People have somehow decided love is a soft word,” Rivers says. “Love is a tough word. As Dr. King often said, ‘The more they hate you, you must love them more.'”
Rivers married Kris in 1986 and joined the NBA fraternity as a gregarious point guard known simply as “Doc.” They had four children. The third one, Austin, plays for his father on the Los Angeles Clippers.
â€œHer mom threw a wedding party and thatâ€™s where some of those photos came from where I had the outfit on with a hat on,â€ Nowitzki, who loves Kenyan stews and barbecue, said. â€œIt was a special experience. Iâ€™ve never, obviously, been a part of anything like that, the dances, the whole experience, the tradition of a wedding down there.
â€œItâ€™s different. You have to cut a goat. Lots of symbols, all the different things. They really threw us a really traditional Kenyan wedding.â€
Payment of a dowry is an old African tradition used to demonstrate the groomâ€™s ability to provide for his bride. In the past, Kikuyu weddings included a dowry payment by the grooms of cows, goats, honey, green bananas and/or traditional brews. Modern-day weddings include cash dowry.
So what did Nowitzki â€” a multimillionaire certainly financially capable of providing for his wife â€” pay in dowry?
Limited Cameron Jordan Jersey â€œWe kind of faked things,â€ Nowitzki said. â€œThey gave me a little Kenyan shillings and I paid them that. It was literally like a whole-day event. There were hundreds and hundreds of people there.â€