Who is Shawn Bradley's wife Carrie Cannon? How Stormin' Mormon fell in love after divorcing Annette Evertson
'With his wife Carrie at his side around the clock, and supported by an amazing team of rehabilitation specialists and family, Bradley is in good spirits'
Life changed for former NBA center Shawn Bradley nicknamed 'The Stormin' Mormon', when an accident on January 20, 2021, left him paralyzed. Bradley was riding his bicycle when a car hit him from behind. But while life may have altered immeasurably, it's Shawn's wife Carrie Cannon and their children who are giving him the comfort and support he needs to take this in his stride. Shawn married Carrie in January 2018, after divorcing his ex-wife Annette Evertson. Shawn, who spent 12 years in the NBA, has six children with Evertson, including their four daughters Chelsea, Ciera, Charity and Cheyenne and their two sons Chase and Chance. Shawn and Annette seemed to have an extremely strong relationship and he often credited her for helping him get through dark times, so their split came as quite a surprise.
With regards to Shawn's family unit with Carrie, after getting married to Carrie in January 2018, Bradley settled down with his new family in St George, Utah. Shawn is a father figure to Carrie's three children, about which she penned an emotional post on Instagram. Shawn's post about marrying Carrie said that he was busier than ever because he was raising five teenagers, including his two boys and Carrie's three children Haylie, Dubbie and Max. In an interview to TMZ Sports he said, "I have never been so busy.... Since I retired, I have never been so busy, brother. I have got 5 teenagers at home, got a new family ,new home. It's crazy."
The love that the couple share can be glimpsed through these heartfelt posts on social media. Carrie wrote in an Instagram post about Shawn's influence on her kids, "The kids birth dad, without communication and without warning, relinquished his parental rights. devastated and confused, the kids spent the holidays trying to process how a parent could not only CHOOSE to abandon his children emotionally and financially for years, but then suddenly and permanently just disown them. at the same time they feel relief that hopefully the chaos that surrounds his decisions will not affect them any more. they are equally overwhelmed with joy for the opportunity to have been adopted by the father figure that has been such a positive influence while helping raise them the past couple years. although the kids feel discarded, they know they can never be replaced and we wish mike luck in whatever it is he is looking for. shawn and i are truly grateful for the opportunity to continue to raise these amazing-and resilient-kids and feel so blessed to be able to be together forever as a family. "
Not much is clear about what Carrie does for a living, but with five kids and now Shawn needing much more of her care, it seems that her hands are full. A statement issued by Shawn's team the Dallas Mavericks said, "With his wife Carrie at his side around the clock, and supported by an amazing team of rehabilitation specialists and family, Bradley is in good spirits. He plans to use his accident as a platform to bring greater public awareness to the importance of bicycle safety."
"Bradley asked to convey his deep appreciation for the outpouring of well wishes and prayers he has received from family, friends and fans. Their support has energized his recovery and bolstered his confidence that he will manage the long process ahead successfully. He does not plan to issue further public updates, preferring to devote his full concentration on his rehabilitation."
In the meantime, it seems that the family is doing everything they can to take this life change in their stride.
The 7-foot, 6-inch former basketball player had neck fusion surgery following the accident and has spent the past eight weeks hospitalized and going through rehabilitation. Here's hoping that the basketball star takes on this challenge with the same grit that he displayed in his sporting career.