Big Brother's "Big Baller" Dishes on Winning Season 9
Adam Jasinski, winner of Big Brother 9
When Adam Jasinski schemed with other final-three member Ryan to give his former partner the boot, he was the last of the Big Brother 9
contestants to break the "'Til Death Do You Part" theme. But in doing so, "Big Baller" earned himself one heck of an alimony payment. Moments after the Sunday finale crowned Adam this season's winner, the high-strung underdog chatted with us to discuss how crucial ditching his "soul mate" Sheila was to his victory, how he plans to spend the money, and what he thinks of the controversy some of his naughty comments caused outside the house.
TVGuide.com: So how does it feel to be $500,000 richer?
Adam Jasinski: It's an unreal feeling. I was confident that I was going to win for the last few weeks. But the more you think about it in the house the worse it is, so I just tried to put the thought out of my mind. It's great feeling, but I'm glad to be out of the house. It was a long stay.
TVGuide.com: You told the jury you would be giving some of the money to help disabled children. Do you plan to honor that statement?
Adam: Ultimately the money is mine, and it's my decision. Being out of the house, I have to take time and see what was going on in the outside world without me there. I've heard there have been some instances that I was unaware of, but yes, I plan on doing the right thing with the money — what's true to my heart and fulfills my word to the jury. I want to help out children in need, bottom line. That's why I came into this house in the first place.
TVGuide.com: Do you have any special plans to celebrate your win?
Adam: I'm ready to paint the town and take my victory laps. I'm stoked. There are so many simple things you really miss out on being inside that house, like music or really just quality conversation with other people you care about. But I'm Big Baller, and Big Baller's ready to go out and do it big!
TVGuide.com: What about those "Baller Babies"?
Adam: [Laughs] All my babies are waiting! My brother has already debriefed me. He said he's been getting action because of me. To all of 'em out there, I'll be in touch soon.
TVGuide.com: One of our readers actually sees you as sort of a womanizer. Any comment?
Adam: [Laughs] I'm far from a womanizer. That kind of talk was mostly game play. I may talk a big game, but I am a sweetheart deep down. I'm a genuine guy and treat all women equally and with respect.
TVGuide.com: What was the point in the game when you thought you really had a shot to go the distance?
Adam: The turning point was definitely when we went to singles. Being partnered with Sheila may have benefited me for a few weeks, but when I split from her, I could play for myself. I could do a bunch of diverse maneuvers and make bonds in the house because it became more of a one-on-one game at that point. When we split, that's when I knew I had a run at the $500,000.
TVGuide.com: If you had won the final head of household, would you have taken Sheila?
Adam: Like I said, it's all in theory. I don't like to put words in my mouth when they're not my bond. I'm pretty much a man of my word. It would've been the hardest decision I would've had to make in Big Brother. And I'm still 50-50 on that. Sheila could use the money, but Ryan did do a lot more for me in the game. I'm just glad I was able to win the game without having to make that decision.
TVGuide.com: Did you throw the last competition to avoid making that decision?
Adam: Absolutely not. I wanted to win it for myself.
TVGuide.com: How close were you and Sheila? Was the bickering a smoke screen?
Adam: Sheila said herself she was going to coattail off the strongest players in the game, and you're looking at him. I knew she had my back, but I didn't worry too much about being faithful to her. I carried my weight in this game. I really started ripping her and breaking her balls toward the end — what she gave me at first I gave her back equally. Sheila loved to be an actress and putting on the "bash Adam" show. So I let her do her thing because I knew her loyalty was with me, and it showed in the end.
TVGuide.com: Did you butt heads with anyone besides Sheila in the house?
Adam: If I had to isolate one person, it would be Joshuah, because I knew he was a big fake. He lied to everyone in the game. And it's not that he's the only one who voted against me. He was just full of bull. I played by alliances, some that were understood more than stated, rather than butt heads with people. It eventually just costs you your game.
TVGuide.com: You were one of the "Bible Buddies" and a member of "Team Christ." How did religion play into your game?
Adam: I don't know how "Team Christ" became as huge as it did. Ryan brought it up as a joke, and Natalie carried it all the way. The Bible got me through a lot of times in the house, and it's just good reading. "Team Christ" really wasn't a big thing for me — I didn't really call myself or refer to us as "Team Christ" like some players did. But I did feel like we were more honest. I played truthfully and with my heart.
TVGuide.com: Looking back, do you think playing with your heart almost got the best of you when you didn't nominate James?
Adam: James is a straight-up dude. I don't know if he was conning me — I'll watch the show and see. But what I did for him was genuine. I played this game with my heart on my sleeve, and it can cost you the game or win you the game. But my gut got me this far in life, and it got me through the game.
TVGuide.com: Did you make any mistakes or have any regrets?
Adam: I won the game, so what can I regret? I don't usually live my life with regrets. I think I played a good game. There are always nerves when you think you've made a mistake throwing a competition or something like that. It's the things you say out in public — and how that's going to affect you once you get out of the house — that you look back on. When you realize that you're live in front of the world 24/7, it bothers you and affects your game play. Thoughts of what's going on outside the house really start to get to you.
TVGuide.com: There's been some controversy over your comments about the autistic children you have worked with. Do you want to clear the air?
Adam: I don't think what I said came off in a way that was derogatory. It was the first day in the house in the heat of the moment, and emotions are through the roof. No one really knows what it's like to be in that house — it's serious pressure. And what I said, it was horrible. I slipped and apparently it became a big deal. For it to be an issue and a question of my character really hurts my feelings. I really meant no harm by it.
TVGuide.com: After this many seasons, lots of people probably think playing Big Brother is a breeze. How hard was the game for you and did anything surprise you?
Adam: It was hard, and more than just the isolation and lack of contact. I was not ready for the 24-hour plotting and scheming and game play. It kind of drove me crazy. My strategy before I went in really came through, so nothing really surprised me.
TVGuide.com: How would you sum up the strategy you brought into the house?
Adam: Ask the people who interviewed me when I did casting for the show. I told them I hoped there were better-looking guys so the girls aren't attracted to me. I didn't want any show-mances, and I told them I would lay low for the first few weeks and let the camera mongers do their thing. I knew people wouldn't understand me because I talk fast and have a big personality and that they would be intimidated by me. But by the time they realized I'm a good dude, it's the final four and the game is a wrap. And it happened just as I said [it would] in casting. I stuck to my plan and won the game.
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