The Breakup: Jan Vesely and Eva Kodouskova Are No More
We all know about breakups. They are hard, particularly when it is a well-publicized relationship, but even when it’s not.
When Jan Vesely was drafted sixth overall in 2011, he jumped out of his seat in the green room at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and kissed his girlfriend, Eva Kodouskova, on the lips, on national (and international) television. It captured the hearts of the sporting world—the 6-foot-11 kid from the Czech Republic and his beautiful, 6-foot-3, basketball-playing (and modeling) sweetheart. (They met on the basketball court, as went the one-time fairytale love story.)
TAI was on the scene in New Jersey to capture backstage reactions to the moment after the Washington Wizards selected Vesely.
In the spring of 2013, it was reported that Vesely and Kodouskova had gotten engaged to be married, that she had moved to the D.C. area, and that they were living together in Northern Virginia. While Vesely toiled away for the Wizards in his second year in the NBA, Eva took classes at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
In early October of 2013, however, it was rumored that Jan and Eva had broken up. She has not been seen at any Wizards games this season, this being Jan’s third in the NBA, but has remained in the Washington area, occasionally posting pictures to her Instagram account, evaa_kay15, such as this photo from inside the Crystal City Metro stop in early November.
Today, via her Facebook page (facebook.com/eva.kodouskova), Eva confirmed the rumors of the breakup. Here is the rough web translation of her message:
“Yes, my dear friends. It is true. For some of you it still seems to be a surprise (maybe rumors don’t spread as fast as they say they do), so I want to put things straight. Jan and I broke up in the summer and now each of us will go our separate ways in life. In my case, it is finishing the Corcoran College of Art and Design, getting a degree, working for a design company, modeling, and, over time, I will try to find a permanent job in D.C. or another big city. I have bold goals and it will be very difficult, but it is an incredible opportunity that I want to take advantage of. Please keep your fingers crossed for me, as was the case until now. You all are a tremendous support for me. Likewise for Honza, because for both of us, this is a very important and a watershed year. If anything, I believe that Prague will be waiting for me with open arms! Haha. I love you! And as I confide to you here, I wish you all the best for the new year 2014, may it be the best and most successful year ever!!”
Nothing lasts forever, they say, and it’s a damn shame that this relationship falls in that category. As her Facebook message indicated, Eva will be looking for permanent work in D.C. or another big city, and does not rule out a return to Prague if that’s what life calls for.
Vesely could be in his final season with the Wizards, as the team elected to not pick up the fourth-year option on his rookie contract by the end-of-October 2013 deadline. This, of course, does not necessarily mean that Vesely won’t be returning to Washington next season, it just would not be for the $4.2 million that he was scheduled to make in the fourth year of his original rookie scale contract.
A kiss is just a kiss. A Czech is just a Czech. And a Vesely … well, we’re still not quite sure who he is when he’s basketballing, but he’s totally definitely maybe a human, and humans are complicated (especially the young ones).