Partners of current and former NFL players have spoken about what it means to be with these men, rejecting accusations that they are «gold diggers» just because they are with professional athletes.

Jose Leinart, the wife of former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart, and Christen Harper, who is engaged to Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff, opened up about the dilemma on the latest episode of «Women of the league».

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Josie Loren, left, and Matt Leinart attend the Matt Leinart Foundation’s 10th Annual Celebrity Bowl for Charity at Lucky Strike Lanes on July 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
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Allison Kuch, who makes hilarious TikTok videos about what she’s going through as the wife of Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Isaac Rochell, Whitney Risner, the wife of Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dalton Risner, and Kym Jackson, the wife of New York Jets wide receiver Jeff. Smith, also participated in the conversation.

«One of the things that bothers me so much, and I see it all the time in the comments section, is how people view NFL wives and they constantly view NFL wives, broadly speaking, as gold diggers.» said Leinart, who had roles in the movie «17 Again» and the TV show «The Mentalist.»

Jackson dismissed the «gold digger» label and pointed to the fact that it mostly comes in the direction of people who are with professional athletes.

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Jared Goff, left, and Christen Harper attend an event as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit celebrates the launch of the 2022 edition and the debut of Pay With Change at Hard Rock Seminole on May 21, 2022 in Hollywood, Florida.

Jared Goff, left, and Christen Harper attend an event as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit celebrates the launch of the 2022 edition and the debut of Pay With Change at Hard Rock Seminole on May 21, 2022 in Hollywood, Florida.
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«Would you have that same degree of judgment for another person?» he asked rhetorically.

Harper, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, said people just assume the partners of NFL players don’t have jobs and are just following their spouses. She said the women she knows in the league are «doing a lot more than just chasing a bag.»

«The first thing I think people assume is that I won’t work because of them, and they’re not even considering that maybe I like it or maybe that’s something that touches me… At the end of the day, it’s my choice,» Harper added. .

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The women also spoke about the other difficulties that come with the NFL side of life that most people don’t see or hear about. The women talked about family, finances, raising children, and the possibility of constantly moving.

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