Former Pistons player goes on TV to tell his wife he has slept with 341 women

Former Detroit Pistons center Jason Maxiell revealed to a national television audience that he has slept with 341 women before and during his marriage to high school sweetheart Brandi Maxiell. This figure falls 19,659 shy of the number of women NBA legend and lifelong bachelor Wilt Chamberlain claimed to have bedded in his 1991 book “A View From Above,” but that was no consolation to Brandi.

Maxiell’s wife walked off the set of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Iyanla: Fix My Life” when her husband revealed to host Iyanla Vanzant that he had slept with “more than 50” women in his life.

How Brandi Maxiell reacted to the show

The episode was filmed a year ago, according to a message she recently shared with The Shade Room:

“Thank you all for the well wishes and prayers. Jason, Baby Jason and I needed that.

“I would like to say I’m more frustrated with him blurting out a number to the world without no regard for my feelings. 8 put a damper on our relationship and I was willing to work on it. Over 50 tore it down!

“My focus is and has been since we went on this show a year ago, is to shift my ENTIRE life from being a great wife and mother into being the best mother & person I can be! I’m aware that my son will someday come across this video and witness what the man of his life has done to his mother & how I stood by and basically did nothing. Therefore, I have to prepare myself for that conversation with him ‘without lies’ but with compassion for my son. I’m going to use very detail of my upbringing, my illness, my marriage, my life good or bad, to raise my child to learn how to first love & respect God, himself, women & all of God’s creations.”

A former “Basketball Wives” cast member, Brandi overcame an ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2007.

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Jason Maxiell throughout his basketball career
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Jason Maxiell throughout his basketball career
INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 17: Jason Maxiell #54 of the Cincinnati Bearcats yells as he runs back on defense against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first round game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament March 17, 2005 at RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 10: Jason Maxiell of the Detroit Pistons poses during a portrait session with the 2005 NBA rookie class on August 10, 2005 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - OCTOBER 25: Jason Maxiell, Detroit Pistons rookie, works out before practice on October 25, 2005 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by D. Lippitt/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Jason Maxiell #54 of the Detroit Pistons is on the court during the game against the Golden State Warriors on November 11, 2006 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Warriors won 111-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - MAY 21: Antonio McDyess #24, Lindsey Hunter #10 and Jason Maxiell #54 of the Detroit Pistons talk during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on May 21, 2007 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - MAY 30: Jason Maxiell #54 of the Detroit Pistons leaving the court after losing to the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on May 30, 2008 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI - FEBRUARY 24: Jason Maxiell #54 of the Detroit Pistons looks across the court during the game against the Miami Heat on February 24, 2009 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat won 103-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Jason Maxiell and Brandy Maxiell attend Stand Up To Cancer at Sony Studios on September 10, 2010 in Culver City, California (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 10: Jason Maxiell #54 of the Detroit Pistons takes a foul shot against the Toronto Raptors during the game on March 10, 2012 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by J. Dennis/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 12: Jason Maxiell #54 of the Detroit Pistons greets teammates before playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 12, 2012 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by J. Dennis/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 25: Jason Maxiell #54 of the Detroit Pistons controls the ball against the Miami Heat on January 25, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2013 (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Jason Maxiell #54 of the Orlando Magic looks to shoot the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during the game on November 16, 2013 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets' Jason Maxiell (54) claims a rebound as Indiana Pacers' Luis Scola (4) falls backward during the first half on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (David T. Foster, III/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 23: Pau Gasol #16 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket past Jason Maxiell #54 of the Charlotte Hornetsaat the United Center on March 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hornets 98-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 29: Jason Maxiell #54 of 3's Company controls the ball during the game against Power during week two of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at United Center on June 29, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/BIG3/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 18: Head coach Jacque Vaughn and Jason Maxiell #54 of the Orlando Magic while facing the Golden State Warriors on March 18, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 27: Jason Maxiell #54 of 3's Company drives to the net as Robert Hite #22 of Tri-State tries to defend during the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Scotiabank Arena on July 27, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/BIG3/Getty Images)
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Iyanla Vanzant’s advice to Jason Maxiell

The “Iyanla” episode also explores sex addiction and alcoholism, both of which Maxiell denied, and Vanzant offers sage advice about potential deeper-seated issues beneath the 35-year-old’s infidelity.

“Every time you’re with another woman, you abandon you,” Vanzant told Maxiell on the episode that aired last week. “And every time you tell another lie, you abandon you. And every time you take a drink to stuff the pain down, you abandon you. This wasn’t about sex. This was about punishment.”

What is Jason Maxiell doing these days?

Detroit’s first-round pick in 2005, Maxiell played his first eight seasons for the Pistons before spending his final two NBA seasons in Orlando and Charlotte. After tours of of basketball duty in China and Turkey between 2015 and 2017, Maxiell played in the BIG3 league this summer. He signed a one-day contract with the Pistons in August 2017 to retire from the NBA with the team that drafted him.

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