Dr. Karin Luise, Chipper Jones’ first wife, speaks out regarding his book

For years after the painful end of her first marriage, to longtime Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones, Dr. Karin Luise kept her counsel, never talking publicly.

Following the publication of his new memoir, “Ballplayer,” in which Jones writes about his and Karin’s marriage, and his extramarital affairs that ended it, Luise has decided to speak out.

The AJC, which has run excerpts from “Ballplayer,” co-authored with former AJC sports writer Caroll Rogers Walton, invited Luise to share her thoughts.

“After much prayer and consideration, I decided to use my voice today,” Luise said. “This was a huge, vulnerable step for me after keeping so many secrets for so long.”

In short, she says Chipper didn’t portray things entirely accurately, but she wishes him well anyway.

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“It is deeply troubling to me that the stories in this book regarding my relationships with Chipper have been twisted and filled with hurtful inaccuracies and convenient omissions to benefit the author,” said Luise.

Karin Luise is an author and therapist who’s been an active member of Atlanta’s philanthropic community. She’s shown here volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. AJC file photo

She is co-author of the “The Fatherless Daughter Project: Understanding Our Losses and Reclaiming Our Lives.” speaker and integrative therapist, she discusses topics such as holistic well being and living with freedom and joy on “The Dr. Karin Show.” 

“I was forced into a gag order years ago to protect Chipper, and it is not my intent to go back and unearth such painful specifics now that I have found healing,” she said. “God knows the truth, and that is all that matters.”


A mother of three, Luise also creates podcasts on topics such as resilience and spirituality at The Lighter Side Network.

She has written for The Huffington Post and been featured by media outlets including Redbook, The Jenny McCarthy Show, Huffington Post Live, the AJC, FoxNews, CNN.com, the Examiner and OMRadio.

She’s moved on. Photo: Jennifer Brett

“So, at this time, I have chosen not to engage in a legal or personal battle with the authors,” she continued. “I have moved on with my life and do not intend on ruining the image Chipper has created for himself. 

I have instead turned my pain into purpose and committed my life to helping others as a therapist, author and inspirational speaker.

“It is because of experiences like this that I am focused on helping others recover and become empowered when they are abused, belittled and silenced by people in perceived positions of power. The world needs more healing and positive energy in it, and that is where I prefer to remain.

I wish Chipper and his family nothing but the best and hope he can move on with his life.”

 

 

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He is the cheater! Who will continue to go through young twenty something blonde wives.

HotDawg
HotDawg

I remember Karin being a bar chick that Chipper picked up in Macon. They were both satisfied and life progressed.

Don't make it more than it was. Karin progressed and so did Chipper.

HotDawg
HotDawg

She never said what she disputes from.his book.

What the hell is the article about?

babaliz
babaliz

I always wondered what happened to her...so glad that she is doing well and continues to be a "class act".

HotDawg
HotDawg

Seriously, it all had to do with two hormonal twenty somethings at the time.

NativeAtlantaGirl
NativeAtlantaGirl

Chipper went from her to a Hooters waitress? Guess he found someone on his level.

Go USC Trojans
Go USC Trojans

Leading by example.  Thank you, Dr. Karin Luise. 

threespeed
threespeed

That, my friends, is what class looks like. Look closely. In the world created by the progressive left, it is a rare thing indeed. 


RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@threespeed What does the left have to do with it? It's classy period. Or is all the hypocrisy, lying, and spreading fear important , esp to you and yours?

davethefan
davethefan

@threespeed And the world now being torn down by the regressive Right is such a good thing?

Janet
Janet

Intelligent, mature and way beyond the tripe he wrote to aggrandize himself.