Real Housewives’ Kandi Burruss Says Apollo Nida Prison Sentence was Racially Motivated

November 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Kandi Burruss, a mainstay on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, said that Phaedra Parks’ husband Apollo Nida received a harsh prison term because he’s black.

Nida was sentenced to eight years in prison on fraud charges. A few weeks ago, he started his term.

Burruss, via her Bravo blog, said that she isn’t “pulling the race card.”

“I don’t want you to think that I feel like Apollo only went to jail because he was black. That was not was I was saying. I definitely feel that if you break the law, you should have to go to jail and do your time for the crime, no matter what color you are. BUT I feel like a lot of black men who have committed non-violent crimes get longer sentences than needed. For example, I have a family member who committed a non-violent crime and got 13 years in prison,” she said.

Burruss added that he’s now doing a 20-year prison term for a non-violent crime.

“There are murderers and rapists who have gotten less time. When a man comes home with felonies on his record, a lot of times he can’t get a good job. So I just feel like it creates a cycle of repeat offenders. There has to be a better way… This is just my opinion,” she added.

After Nida started his term, Parks filed for divorce from him. “Phaedra is always assuming I’m siding with Apollo, which isn’t true,” Burruss said. “Todd and Apollo became pretty good friends, so I would say he takes Apollo’s side a lot. Todd and I have serious debates over their issues.”

She added: “I’ve always heard that when a married couple goes through a divorce the people close to them end up going through the divorce with them. I never understood what that meant before, but I do now.”