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Isaiah Rider's Wife

He's Being Targeted

By a 'She-Devil, Man-Hater'

10/7/2011 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Vanessa Rider
Isaiah Rider
's wife believes the former NBA star is the victim of a "she-devil, man-hating" probation officer ... who has been out to get her husband simply because he's famous.

TMZ spoke with Vanessa Rider, who tells us ... Isaiah's P.O. has been "abusing her power" -- and has been blocking his efforts to complete his probation, and that's why he was arrested this week.

Rider says Isaiah got permission from the court to apply to travel to L.A. to explore job opportunities as a basketball coach, but the P.O. has refused to sign off on it ... insisting he work at a local McDonald's, or a similar local establishment during his probation. 

Vanessa says, "He's not going to work at McDonald's ... he's a retired athlete."

As for the 90 uncompleted hours of community service, Vanessa says Isaiah wanted to volunteer at his church, but the P.O. would only let him pick up trash on the side of the road.

Vanessa also says Rider still wishes to complete his domestic violence course ... but wants to do so in California, so he can work at the same time.

Isaiah is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 11 -- and Vanessa believes a judge will see things his way and let him out of jail. Calls to the Maricopa County Probation Department were not returned.

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16 COMMENTS

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1.

fstblk    

I say in this economy if you can get a job at any fast food place you better take it.

926 days ago
2.

Jim in Cali    

Working at McDonalds for probation? WTF?

926 days ago
3.

Randy Morrison    

Seriously, hardly anyone has even heard of this dude!

926 days ago
4.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Is this the same wife he was arrested for beating up? She has a lot of excuses for him. There are more jobs than fast food in the state where he lives. In fact I bet there are even coaching jobs. Furthermore, why does she think he's too good to pick up trash? And since he's not attending DV classes because he refuses to do it until he's allowed to move to California, he's probably still slapping her around. Basically she sounds like she suffers from battered women's syndrome. He probably kicks her butt daily for getting him in this trouble in the first place.

925 days ago
5.

Steelers suck    

Since when does someone on probation get to set their own terms? Famous??? Never heard of him. I agree, he's probably still slapping her around. She needs to STFU. She's no lawyer/judge so what does she know anyway. Wanting to go to California is no excuse. You need to take your punishment where you did your crime. Sucks to be you, buddy!!!

925 days ago
6.

Vonn    

You are on probation. That means that you follow the rules, you do not make them. Your mentality will continue to keep you in trouble. Mr. & Mrs Jacka$$, they deserve each other.

925 days ago
7.

UPYOURS    

McDonald's is nothing to be ashamed of, if thats all you can get, grab it. Seriously, so what, a retired athlete which means nothing. Sounds like his wife is taking his "star power" too seriously. If you don't want to do the time, don't do the crime.

925 days ago
8.

Dobonacus    

Amazing...the same maricopa county? You still amaize me!!!

925 days ago
9.

boner    

Only a thug like him thinks he can get away with this. Make that HO get out and work at McDonalds.

925 days ago
10.

ryan    

He is not famous at all, he was a horrible pro player in MN and is a thug, just like the rest

925 days ago
11.

Jeff Portlance    

Why oh why is this "has been NBA player" in the news at all? He screwed up his career about 10 years to early. FYI, I live in Minnesota and he had so much potential but washed it away. Is he still trying to sell cell phones out of his trunk? TMZ is really grasping at straws if Rider is making this website.. I guess it's better him then a Kardashian story.. uugghh...

925 days ago
12.

lalaland    

Oh my God! Picking up trash on the side of the road? That is work for mere mortals. *******.

925 days ago
13.

Khari    

Vanessa is a "RIDER"...real talk! She use to be my next door neighbor and a personal friend

925 days ago
14.

r4 card    

Rider says Isaiah got permission from the court to apply to travel to L.A. to explore job opportunities as a basketball coach, but the P.O. has refused to sign off on it ... insisting he work at a local McDonald's, or a similar local establishment during his probation.

925 days ago
15.

Laurel    

These people are such douche bags. These ******** use to keep me up all the time with cops always showing up at our townhomes in Arizona. I use to be his next door neighbor. His wife was nuts too. She would always be screaming because he would be beating the **** out of her yet she tried to protect this piece of ****. He even endangered his children by driving recklessly with them in the car and got pulled over by cops.

925 days ago

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