NBA legend Phil Jackson and Lakers president Jeanie Buss have called off their engagement.
In a joint statement posted by Jackson on Twitter, the couple made the announcement.
“With mutual love and respect, we have decided to end our engagement,” the statement began. “With the nature of our professional obligations and the geographic distance between us, sustaining the relationship has been difficult. We have shared many wonderful moments through the years, and we expect to remain supportive of each other.”
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) December 28, 2016
Buss later tweeted from her verified account, referencing Jackson, “Nothing but love and respect for this man.”
“The love of my life is the Los Angeles Lakers. I love Phil & will always. It’s not fair to him or Lakers to not have my undivided attention,” she added.
Jackson (71) and Buss (55) have dated since 1999 and got engaged over the Christmas holiday in 2012.