VIBE caught up with New England Patriots Defensive Back Bret Lockett to find out what's really going on in his world. He made headlines when word spread of an alleged affair with Kim Kardashian while she was dating then boyfriend, now fiance, Kris Humphries. But contrary to popular belief, he didn't blow the whistle to the media and as far as he's concerned, he's over it. Here, we chat about the lawsuit that never happened, his music career and why he doesn't care about the athlete-becoming-a-rapper curse. —Starrene Rhett
What’s the deal with your drama with Kim K, are you getting sued?
Am I getting sued? No, not at all [laughs].
Can you clarify the situation right now because online media is saying you got a cease and desist.
Nah, that’s not true. Her lawyers and my lawyers were going back and forth trying to figure out what was going on with the situation. They kind of started kind of aggressively saying, “We need you to stop and if you don’t stop this, stop talking or can we see the pictures and the text messages” and this and that. I think it was a service that was made on her behalf, and, me, just being a bigger person, I wanted to be the gentleman and not keep the whole thing egging on and sending my lawyers’ letters and attorneys’ letters to TMZ and things of that nature, so I just let it die out and I’m moving on and just keep doing what I’ve been doing.
How did it get out in the first place? Did you call TMZ, because that’s how it seems?
I have no clue whatsoever. I mean, all I know is it could’ve been her because I know her show came out a few days after that whole thing happened and In Touch called me saying they had a tip that somebody told them I was talking to Kim⎯had a relationship with Kim, and I’m like “Huh? Yeah, me and Kim were talking for a minute, what’s the big deal?” and they’re like, “Oh, well she’s saying she doesn’t know you” and this and this and I’m like, “Well you know, we talk and text and phone calls back and forth, but nothing crazy,” and they just blew it up out of proportion but it is what it is and it’s just water under the bridge so I’m just moving on and doing me.
Have you seen or spoken to Kris Humphries since⎯
Nah, I probably wouldn’t even know Chris Humphries' part unless somebody told me something, you know?
As far as you moving on, you’re pursuing a rap career, so just talk a little bit about what you bring to the game. Why do you think you can win right now?
I can always win. That’s me in life. We all go through situations and certain things in life where we can either let a negative hinder us and not move forward, or take a negative and turn it into a positive and that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life so as far as me ever losing, that doesn’t happen. It’s a battle; it’s not the war. It’s a marathon; it’s not a sprint. As far as the game of music, I bring my inspiration from. I speak about my experiences. I just talk about what’s real and what’s in my heart. And I think with all great artists⎯people appreciate them a lot more when they keep it real and they talk about what’s them and that’s just what I do.
If you look at the track record of athletes that try to rap, it’s not always good.
No, it’s not always good. There’s a certain stereotype when you go into everything and I’m aware of the stereotype and I really don’t pay attention to stereotypes ‘cause all stereotypes are stereotypes and they’re meant to be broken just like rules just like rules are meant to be broken. Who’s to say Jay-Z 15/20 years ago was gonna be this business mogul and Sean Combs and things of that nature? There’s so many different scenarios – Morgan Freeman who was homeless and things of that nature to being one of the top actors in Hollywood. So I don’t really stereotype people. I always want to see people achieve. I you want to go do something then do it. If somebody stereotypes me, I just look at them and say, “Well what do you do?” Whether I should stick to playing football or not, I should do what I wanna do. And if I’m doing too much, nah, I’m not doing enough. That’s just how I look at all the situations when people wanna throw rocks at glass houses.