Wife Swap Update
Wife Swap Update
After a decade-long break, the family-focused reality show is back on television with a brand-new name and set. The concept remains unchanged: two very different families swap husbands for a fortnight as their lives are turned upside down to experience life from someone else’s perspective.
Last week, the wife of an Ohio family who appeared on the US version of the show was discovered dead in her home. Police believe her son killed his parents and brother before turning the gun on himself. A suicide note was discovered by investigators, leading them to arrest 25-year-old Jacob Stockdale and charging him with both murdering his parents and taking his own life.
Stewart, who had been averaging 20.3 points and 8.6 rebounds throughout her career, earned her sixth WNBA MVP title in 2021 by leading the Chicago Sky to the finals. Although she had to miss out on 2019 due to an Achilles injury, Stewart was expected to sign with an overseas club when free agency opened up.
Stewart has joined Tsai Chun-Tseng’s Chinese franchise, the Liberty, that will be playing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Stewart joins an impressive roster that includes Diana Taurasi, A’ja Wilson and Candace Parker among others.
Stewart was expected to have her pick of teams from the league’s expansion pool, but reportedly chose the Liberty for security and stability. They drafted her 12 years ago and are one of the reasons she won a title in 2021.
Her contract includes a five-year extension that will keep her in the WNBA until at least 2020-21 season. Though Stewart is well known in the league, she hasn’t played since November due to an injury.
Stewart made headlines not only with her impressive play but also by pushing charter flights into the spotlight of free agency – something that had been largely neglected. She’s an expert at getting players to their desired destinations quickly and efficiently.
It’s a move that could have major repercussions for the NBA, where teams are prohibited from using charter flights under their collective bargaining agreement. This decision is wise and serves as evidence that sports can benefit from women’s power even when they’re not playing on the court.
The show has been a hit, but it also brought its share of issues. For Jeffrey Fowler – a California man swapped for an Indian woman on the show – his emotional stress and mental health took an unfortunate turn.
He filed a $10.2 million lawsuit against ABC, parent company Disney and production company RDF Media in 2015, alleging that his emotional state during the show had been negatively affected. He claimed producers made him feel as if he were living temporarily with another person and this experience caused him to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).