Mark Jackson’s Married Wife and Children: The NBA Star’s Partner Desiree Coleman; Kids Christian, Mark Jr., Micah, Heavyn

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NBA announcer Mark Jackson was married for over 27 years and has four children. Let’s meet his current partner, ex-wife, and kids.

Mark Jackson is an American former professional basketball player. A point guard from St. John’s University, he played for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in a career spanning from 1987 to 2004.

Jackson was never an MVP or an NBA champion. He only made one all-star appearance throughout his career. He was, however, a major part of quite a few playoff teams in his two stints with the Knicks, which any Knicks fan today will tell you is enough to be considered a Hall of Famer.

On later July 2023, Jackson was let go by ESPN amid a wave of layoffs at the network after 15 years even though he had two years left from his contract.

About his love life, Mark is a father but how many children does he have, who does he share his kids with and does he have a wife at the moment? Read on for more about his personal life.

Desiree Coleman is a singer and actress and was married to Mark Jackson.
Desiree Coleman is a singer and actress and was married to Mark Jackson.
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Who is Mark Jackson married to?

Mark Jackson was born on April 1, 1965, in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

Mark Jackson grew up in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens, New York.

He was regarded as one of the nation’s elite point guards while attending Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn under coach Patrick Quigley.

Jackson is a Christian and a licensed minister.

He is the older brother of AND1 streetballer Troy Jackson, better known as “Escalade”. Troy Jackson died on February 20, 2011, at the age of 38. 

Jackson is of partial Dominican descent, which qualified him to play for the national basketball team of the Dominican Republic.

Jackson gained a reputation as a streetballer in New York and the rest they say was a history. He played basketball from 1987 to 2004 as a point guard and coached from 2011 to 2014. He is now an NBA announcer or game analyst.

Desiree Coleman and Mark Jackson were married for 27 years before they divorced.
Desiree Coleman and Mark Jackson were married for 27 years before they divorced.
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Who is Mark Jackson’s wife? Former Warriors coach and top broadcaster Mark Jackson has been reportedly married twice with his recent marriage being to actress and singer Desiree Coleman. They tied the knot on July 29, 1990.

However, after having four kids together, Jackson and Coleman divorced in 2017 after 27 years of marriage.

Per reports, he was previously married to Mo’Nique before he met Desiree. There is not much detail about his relationship and marriage with her.

ESPN analyst Mark Jackson looks on prior to the game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on February 25, 2023, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO: MITCHELL LEFF/GETTY IMAGES

Is Mark Jackson in a relationship now?

Mark Jackson is currently assumed to be completely single; meaning he is not married following his divorce, he hasn’t been engaged to anyone, and has no girlfriend.

A source suggests he had at least 2 relationships previously.

Desiree Coleman is a singer and actress and was married to Mark Jackson.
Desiree Coleman is a singer and actress and was married to Mark Jackson.
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Who is Desiree Coleman, Mark Jackson’s ex-wife?

Desiree Coleman also known by the moniker Kadesh is an American vocalist and actress.

She is the ex-partner of former professional basketball player and former head coach of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, Mark Jackson.

She was the leading actress in Chloe Kane, a feature film directed by Farzam Salami. Coleman is also the founder of Love Culture Center in Los Angeles, California.

She was born on September 12, 1965, in Jamaica, New York, United States.

Mark Jackson with his children; Heavyn, Christian, Micah, and Mark Jr. in 2019 at the NBA Summer League.
Mark Jackson with his children; Heavyn, Christian, Micah, and Mark Jr. in 2019 at the NBA Summer League.
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How many children does Mark Jackson have?

NBA icon Mark Jackson is a father of four children; three sons, and a daughter. The names of his kids are Christian Jackson, Mark Jackson Jr., Micah Jackson, and Heavyn Jackson.

In his 27 years of marriage to his now ex-wife spouse, Kadesh Desiree Coleman, they welcomed all of his four kids.

Most of his kids are following in his footsteps as NBA players. For example, his son, Jackson Jr., played for the Manhattan Jaspers for the 2012–13 season after transferring from the University of Louisville. 

Mike Breen & Marc Jackson looks on before the game on May 14, 2023 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. JESSE D. GARRABRANT/NBAE VIA GETTY IMAGES
Mike Breen & Marc Jackson looks on before the game on May 14, 2023, at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. JESSE D. GARRABRANT/NBAE VIA GETTY IMAGES

Back in 2012, Mark Jackson was a target of an extortion plot involving ex-stripper

In June 2012, Jackson revealed that he had been the target of an extortion threat based on an extramarital affair and nude photos taken in 2006.

Jackson said that he initially made payments of several thousands of dollars to a stripper and her accomplice to keep quiet about the affair and the photos, but when the alleged extortionists increased their demands, Jackson went to the FBI and ultimately the alleged conspirators were named in felony criminal complaints.

“I recognize the extremely poor judgment that I used both in having an affair six years ago—including the embarrassing communication I exhibited during that time,” said Jackson, “and in attempting to deal with the extortion scheme at first by myself.”