Hank Baskett’s explanation for his 2014 infidelity is absurd, a blatant lie


Almost one year ago exactly, the gossip world was all atwitter when some tabloids reported that Hank Baskett cheated on Kendra Wilkinson with a transsexual (that’s how she was described at the time, although now she’s being called a transgender woman). Hank moved out of the house just weeks after Kendra had given birth to their second child. Kendra was reportedly going crazy, punching walls, screaming, flushing her ring, all of it. But in the months that followed, Hank wormed his way back into Kendra’s life. He apologized and fed her a story that seemed to explain how everything went down. They are now back together and raising their two children. The question remained: just how did Hank explain his affair to Kendra? What did he say to get back in her good graces? As it turns out, his explanation is… um, made of lies. This is the stupidest “why I cheated” story I think I’ve ever heard. Here are some highlights from People’s exclusive:

“I messed up,” a teary-eyed Baskett tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I put myself in a bad situation. And everything through me brought pain upon this family.”

Last April, Baskett says he encountered a couple in a grocery store parking lot smoking marijuana. The former football player, 32, says he approached the couple to buy some pot; they gave him a phone number to call and, when he did, he was provided an address. Once he showed up at the home, Baskett says he used the restroom and when he emerged, “I saw something I thought I would never see in my life.”

Baskett says the person who answered the door, a transgender woman, was nude and making out with another transgender woman. “I froze,” says Baskett, visibly shaking as he recalls the memory. Then, the woman who answered the door approached Baskett and fondled him through his basketball shorts.

“I didn’t engage in anything,” he says. “It was like a bank robbery. You never know when you’ll freeze. I don’t know if it was a couple of seconds or 15 seconds, because all I was saying was get out, get out, get out.”

Baskett says he was so humiliated and distraught by the incident that he initially couldn’t open up about the truth to his family or friends, even when news of the encounter broke two months later. “I was this big former football player,” he says. “I was the alpha male. I could do anything to protect my family but I couldn’t protect myself.”

After the initial media onslaught, just five weeks after Alijah’s birth, a blindsided Wilkinson “went ballistic,” she says. The Kendra on Top, 30, star kicked Baskett out, flushed her wedding rings down the toilet and threatened divorce. “I couldn’t control my emotions.”

But when Baskett finally worked up the courage to be honest, Wilkinson was understanding, even sympathetic. “Hank was very naïve and gullible,” she says. “He thinks everybody is his friend. That led him to the hell that we’ve lived.”

[From People]

If you believe his story, I have a bridge to sell you. If I remember correctly, the transgender woman sort of sold her story to the tabloids and her description of the incident was much different. She said there was no penetration, but that she and Hank definitely fooled around. And I still believe that. Because… seriously, you show up at someone’s house to buy pot and then two naked transgender women make out and you got scared? WTF?


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Sarah says:

    You never know when you’ll freeze? Kind of like Hank froze and choked in the Super Bowl for the Colts a few years ago? This is the dumbest story I’ve ever heard. Kendra is no brain surgeon but even she can’t be stupid enough to believe this.

  2. Bridget says:

    These two have gotten so much mileage out of this “cheating” story.

  3. Willa says:

    “I don’t know if it was a couple of seconds or 15 seconds.” ….until I blew my load…

  4. Pedro45 says:

    This is gross. He is basically claiming that he was sexually assaulted by transgender women? A group so marginalized that they are a million times more likely to be the victims of assault? A group that has an almost 50% suicide rate? Just because he can’t be honest and admit infidelity? Repulsive, the two of them.

    • Kitten says:

      THANK YOU for saying this.

      His fictional story is gross. The way he describes transgendered people like they’re zoo animals, then goes on to say “those *others* tried to assault me!”

      He’s obviously ashamed, but for all the wrong reasons.

      • blue marie says:

        I have clue as to why anybody would buy this story? It’s gross and despicable, just own it you a-hole, apologize and move on..

    • RobN says:

      Just because people are in groups that are historically marginalized doesn’t mean they’re not also capable of abusing others. It also doesn’t mean that victims of any type of abuse shouldn’t be supported.

      I don’t believe his story for a single second, but the idea that any group is exempt from being abusers is ludicrous. One of the biggest problems in the gay community is domestic violence where people somehow don’t think it counts because the parties are the same sex. It all counts.

      • Pedro45 says:

        I didn’t say they were exempt from being abusers. But I believe this particular story is untrue and that he is gross for using “assault by transgender” as a cover story.

    • lucy2 says:

      That was my first thought too – he essentially claimed he didn’t cheat, but was assaulted instead. Not only is that playing into awful stereotypes about transgender people, but it’s a slap in the face to victims of actual assault.

      And if that somehow was the case, why didn’t he simply say that when all the cheating stories came out, their marriage was on the rocks, etc.? He sat around for what, a year or two, with all the rumors? It makes absolutely no sense.

      I feel sorry for their children. Both parents are fame addicted psychopaths.

  5. Kitten says:

    That is some amazingly creative writing right there.

    • blue marie says:

      It is.. he had to have been stoned when he came up with this story.. Who the heck would go to a dealers house they don’t know, it’s a good way to get shot.. And with all the failed drug tests going on in the NFL, he didn’t have a hook up? Rrrriiigght..

  6. Zapp Brannigan says:

    I believe him. About this bridge you are selling, will you deliver or do I have to collect it?

  7. KellyBee says:

    I believe 90% of this was made-up BS. They took a note from Tori and Den so they could keep their show on the air. That’s why they been reality show hopping to keep the story going. When their no show to promote everything fine with them but when their promoting there’s drama Just like Tori and Den.

    My guess is they have an open marriage and when the other women talked they decided to use it to is there avantage.

    • nina says:


    • Bridget says:

      Hmmm. They’re getting tabloid & gossip blog coverage (and likely some checks for that), a paycheck for going on Marriage Bootcamp, and an actual storyline for their dying reality show.

      Aside from the gross way they’ve discussed the Trans angle of this story (which is a whole other subject), in order to be outraged on Kendra’s behalf we’d have to buy in to the idea that Wilkinson and Baskett hold to traditional ideals about marriage and monogamy. Which…

    • Lama Bean says:

      This! I don’t believe this actually happened at all. I think it was all to create a story.

      • Carlottalove says:

        YES!! I can’t believe people are buying this. i think all of this is made-up garbage to perpetuate their crappy reality personas and careers. So gross.

  8. HH says:

    This is just offensive. Mostly because I feel like the undertone of the story is “Transgender individuals are freaks and they’ll do anything and have no boundaries.” Not to mention the insult to victims of rape… “you never know when you’ll freeze”…….????? While true, I just don’t believe it here. AT ALL.

  9. Loopy says:

    He is just embarrassed because he used to be mr perfect family man, I have been watching them on marriage boot camp and they are so delusional and in denial its frustrating to watch.

    • anon33 says:

      THIS. Marriage bootcamp has become one of my fave guilty pleasures and I can’t even enjoy it this season-DESPITE TAMI ROMAN-bc of these disgusting, fuax moral idiots.

    • crtb says:

      I used to enjoy Marriage Boot Camp until they decided to use celebrities. Then it became another vehicle for has-been reality stars to continue their 15 minutes. The producers lost control as the reality stars did what they do best: Cause drama! It was no longer about fixing their relationships but became about getting the most air time by being the most outrageous. Jim and Elizabeth have been helpless in reigning in the inappropriate behavior of screaming, fighting, name calling and bullying. The celebrities come in an wreck havoc on this show as they have done on every show they have ever appeared on. They go from one show to another: Celebrity Wife Swap, Marriage Boot Camp, Celebrity Therapy, David Tutera, spin off after spin off from their original show, talk shows… they never go away! Reminds me of Chris Rock’s last movie Top Five in which The Gabriel Union’s character starts to cry when he breaks off the engagement. She begs him not to call of the wedding because she has not education or skills all she can do to support herself is to do reality TV.

  10. Chinoiserie says:

    I do not believe this but sometimes life is crazy and reliality is unrealistic and these people could have been trying to use a celebrity. So not impossible but hardly the truth.

  11. nina says:

    What a dumb ass story. Anything to keep yourselves in the tabloids!

  12. Macey says:

    I dont believe any of this. I think the whole thing is a farce for their failed realty show. I dont know if it’s even still on but this whole things sounds more like a ridiculous story line to keep their names in the press.

  13. jwoolman says:

    I think this is a joint rewrite by Hank and Kendra so don’t waste sympathy on Kendra. From things Kendra has said over the years, my guess is that she was just angry that he didn’t tell her about his scheduled meeting with the woman and invite her to take part. All the rest was deflection and ratings boosting. She wasn’t cheated on and she knew it, she’s made many direct and indirect noises about an open marriage and threesomes etc. and she herself never seemed concerned about spending months away from her husband because she was bored by where he was working (when he was still on a team). Hank also became the main caregiving parent, she can’t deal without him. I like Kendra, but she is very immature and self-centered. Of course, she basically had to raise herself, no wolves being available. (Her mother is pretty awful.) Hank has his own problems, but he’s the normal one in the relationship and he seems to have decent parents.

  14. kri says:

    Oh my god. He has just claimed he was sexually assaulted by two transgender people? That he “froze:? And Kendra saying he is naive and gullible? If this didn’t involve accusing two people of a serious crime, I’d just laugh at these two idiots. I am so disgusted by this pile of poop.

  15. Jayna says:

    What, it took them a year to finally come up with a story? Because he couldn’t come up with one shortly after when filming their reality show.

  16. Pamela says:

    I think the most obvious issue here is that when the incident was first reported— we were all told he cheated on her. And she responded like someone who was pissed off that she got cheated on.

    Now he is claiming that a trans woman touched him sexually and that he didn’t “engage in anything”? I don’t know about you guys, but if I went somewhere to pick up some pot, used the restroom and when I cam out two people were fooling around and one touched me—and then I just left? On no level would my husband consider me a cheater. Take out the whole assault, as that is just serving to divert attention and have us all thinking on another tangent. Just read what he says happened. Sounds to me like he wants us to believe that these two women were interested in a threesome with him and tried to engage him, and it didn’t work. That is NOT a cheating story. What a ridiculous crock of crack!

    • Bridget says:

      And like Hank would have to go up to a couple of randoms in a parking lot for some pot?

      • Sam says:

        Yeah – I can’t imagine that Kendra, with her social circle, doesn’t know at least one person who might know where to procure some weed. Did it not cross his mind that “random people with drugs in a public space” is very often a police sting? He seems pretty nonchalant about getting busted.

  17. Ruyana says:

    So sick of this rehashing they do over and over and over. Just get a divorce and shut up.

  18. Dragonlady Sakura says:

    I need to fan myself, the Bullsh@t is so strong! I can’t stand a liar. Just admit you messed around, got CAUGHT, and are now milking this story for all its worth.

  19. Sam says:

    Yeah…I have a tough time believing this.

    Here’s the thing – if it happened the way Hank says, then he has nothing to be ashamed of. Being groped without consent is sexual assault. He’s a victim of a crime. I can’t imagine Kendra would end the marriage over her husband trying to procure some weed (she doesn’t strike me as the type). Why couldn’t he tell her this? If he’s a crime victim, there is not shame there. be honest.

    And what is he getting at here? Was this some kind of shakedown? Blackmail attempt? Did the two weed smokers in the parking lot just happen to chance upon him and then say, “Hey, we could totally snare Hank Baskett (presuming they knew who he was), let’s set this thing up?” Like, it makes no sense.

  20. Lesley says:

    So…. The money he paid to the woman to keep her quiet was to keep a assault on his person quiet? When in the history of anything has a victim had to pay off the abuser so they would not sell their story of abusing someone? Not bloody likely! “the model” would have been arrested in a hot second! So in essence he’s a really good guy for paying her off – he’s keeping someone who “abused” him from the slammer! What a good deed of poor frozen, him! And the recorded phone call to her telling her more $$ would be coming but she had to play along was all in the name of him being not able to face that he had been touched? I love how absurd this tale is. It simply doesn’t match any of the evidence that initially came out. And what makes me laugh all the more is that Kendra might actually be dumb enough to buy it. I just hope their kids have the same low iq as these 2 so they cannot read this all when they grow up and be as mortified as can be, with those 2 as parents

  21. Sure Jan says:

    1. Who uses the bathroom at a drug dealer’s house?

    2. It took this long to come up with a threesome gone wrong story?

    3. Who do they think they’re fooling with this fan fiction?

    I think he did do something the other person said they fooled around but no sticking so kissing, oral maybe who knows I just want these two to go away.

  22. Miran says:

    LOL ok Hank. Sure.

  23. Iheartgossip says:

    This ‘cheating’ story is the only thing they have going to keep them in the paps and on every broke down ‘celebrity’ show. Hank, oh how the mighty have fallen. Kendra – gurl I was pullin’ for ya but now you’ve gotten down ‘n dirty in the swill. Bye Felicias

  24. Vampi says:

    I see her and all I hear is her saying his name, “Heeeeenk!”
    /got nuttin’ else on this BS

  25. crtb says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that this whole thing was scripted to keep their names in the papers and to extend their TV contract? These reality stars will do and say anything to extend their 15 minutes. The more outrageous the better because the bigger the drama the bigger the ratings. They all sat down and brainstormed what should they do next: Let’s have one of you have an affair? How about you Kendra? No, you’re pregnant. Hank that leaves you… but wait! In TV land today, a simple affair is boring. So let’s really juice it up . How about with anther man? No a transgender! That’s the latest hot topic in the news. Then you keep quiet for over a year and don’t respond to the allegations. Until the public looses interest. Then we will manufacture a new drama.