Being a professional athlete is a career that comes with a lot of perks. Aside from earning millions of dollars and receiving notoriety, many athletes are bombarded by women who are eager to engage in a sexual liaison. Throngs of groupies routinely wait outside of locker rooms, stalk players at their hotels, and try to catch athletes’ eyes on social media. For many of these players, the temptation is far too strong to resist.
Many times, athletes choose to step out on their wives, and their infidelities are often kept in the shadows. Other times, their indiscretions are made public, and families and lives are instantly destroyed. Being a popular athlete increases the chances of these players getting their dirty laundry put out on front street, but even the benchwarmers are getting called out for cheating on their spouses. Some wives are able to turn a blind eye, while others file for divorce after years of cheating and public humiliation. Juanita Vanoy, the ex-wife of Michael Jordan, famously took him to the cleaners after he cheated on her for years. She was awarded $168 million after her 2006 divorce was finalize. That’s a hefty price to pay for a little bit of side action.
Tiger Woods’ ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, is another woman who put her foot down after it was discovered her husband had been cheating on her with various women. After taking a golf club to the back window of his SUV, Nordegren lawyered up, divorced Woods, and walked away with close to $100 million for her troubles. Vanoy and Nordegren could no longer put up with their husbands’ philandering ways, but some wives of professional athletes decide to stick by their cheating husbands.
Check out this list of 15 athletes who cheated on their spouses and were forgiven for their indiscretions.
15. Lebron James
Rumors surrounding Lebron James’ infidelities have followed the Cleveland Cavaliers star since the start of his NBA career. After marrying his wife, Savannah, in 2013, James was rumored to be having an affair with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Nina Agdal. The two were photographed chatting and dancing closely at a nightclub – all while Savannah stood nearby! If that isn’t bad enough, an NBC reporter put James on blast for asking a woman for her phone number when the Miami Heat visited the White House after their 2013 championship win. On top of that, rumors that the baller has been courting singer Rihanna have been circulating for years.
Despite his indiscretions, Savannah agreed to marry James in 2013 and the couple has three kids together. Perhaps Savannah is okay with her husband stepping out on her as long as it’s kept on the hush-hush.
14. Avisail Garcia
Back in 2013, Prince Fielder struggled on the field and many fans wondered what was going on with the first baseman. It was later unveiled that Fielder’s teammate, Avisail Garcia, was sleeping with his wife, Chanel. Fielder immediately filed for divorce, but Garcia’s wife stood by his side. Perhaps she felt obligated to give him another chance since she was pregnant with their daughter at the time. Garcia was later traded to the White Sox, and he and his wife are still together today. Fielder, on the other hand, forgave his wife for getting down and dirty with his former teammate. The divorce was squashed and the two have since reconciled.
13. Kevin Garnett
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Garnett married Brandi Padilla in 2004, but their marriage has been anything but smooth sailing. For the latter part of their marriage, rumors of Garnett’s wandering eye and philandering ways have been a major topic of discussion. In 2011, photos of Garnett hugged up with a woman other than his wife hit the net. Then, in 2013, Garnett was spotted out on a date with aspiring model, Annie Silvestri. Photographs showed the two walking together in a shopping mall. Garnett and Padilla will celebrate twelve-years of marriage this year, so clearly Garnett’s cheating is not an issue in their marriage.
12. Ray Allen
Ray Allen exposed himself as a cheater in one of the most embarrassing ways. The current NBA free agent was getting the hang of using social media, and accidentally posted a raunchy tweet that was meant to be a direct message. The tweet was broadcasted to Allen’s hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers and was retweeted and “favorited” thousands of times, as well. All this went down while Allen was married to his wife, Shannon Walker Williams.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, was an XXX, explicit depiction of Allen’s desires to flick his tongue on the private parts of his mistress. Once Allen realized he had royally outed himself as a cheater, he claimed his account had been hacked. Yeah, okay.
In 2011, a Salve Regina University student was outed as being another one of Allen’s mistresses. The Rhode Island student would frequent Allen’s NBA games and would brag to her friends about bagging the baller. Allen’s wife is still devoted to her husband despite his blatant cheating and the couple share three children together.
11. Brandon Marshall
We may all agree that cheating is wrong, but athletes who decide to step out on their wives aren’t really breaking any laws. But when the authorities get caught up in a cheating scandal, it turns into national headlines. New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been married to Michi Nogami since 2010 and he went to great lengths to hide his infidelities. Unfortunately for Marshall, his cheating made the news in 2013 when an Orlando home was discovered to be a safe haven for NFL players to use as a private, sexual playground.
After a 15-year-old was shot outside of the home, the authorities got involved, and that’s when the sex palace and all the athletes associated with it were outed. Marshall, as well as current free agent Mike Sims-Walker and Arizona Cardinals Chris Johnson, were known to use the house to have sex according to key witnesses in the case. Despite all the evidence confirming Marshall was cheating, Nogami doesn’t plan on leaving her husband any time soon.
10. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony married his older wife, La La Anthony, in a fairytale wedding in 2010. Despite proclaiming his love for La La in the media and appearing on a reality show with her, rumors of Anthony being unfaithful have plagued their relationship. In 2012, a woman by the name of Asia Monroe claimed to have been having an affair with Anthony, and she provided emails and text messages detailing their interactions. La La later went on the record and said she trusted her husband despite the mounting evidence that he has been unfaithful during their marriage.
9. Seyi Ajirotutu
Philadelphia Eagles WR Seyi Ajirotutu married his wife, Autumn, in 2012. Just three years after tying the knot, Ajirotutu was exposed by his mistress. Autumn, who appeared on the E! show WAGS, frequently discussed how honest and “faithful” her husband was while filming the show and it really ticked off his side chick! The woman contacted the gossip blog, Baller Alert, and detailed her interactions with the NFL player. Screenshots of their text messages were posted and even though Ajirotutu admitted to his mistress that he was married, that didn’t stop them from carrying on with their affair. Autumn never addressed the cheating and she still frequents the Eagles’ games to cheer her hubby on.
8. John Terry
John Terry, the captain of the Chelsea football team, was outed after having a four-month affair with his mistress, Vanessa Perroncel. Perroncel was a model and the former girlfriend of Terry’s teammate, Wayne Bridge. She was also Terry’s wife’s best friend. Pretty messy, right?
When news of the affair broke in 2010, Terry was relentlessly booed on the field and he pleaded for fans to respect his “private and family life.” He never came out and admitted to sleeping with Perroncel, but he did try to place a gag order on the press to prohibit any further news outlets reporting all the drama. Smells like guilt to me.
Perroncel and Bridges eventually broke up, but Terry’s wife forgave him for his cheating ways.
7. Chien-Ming Wang
MLB pitcher, Chien-Ming Wang, came clean about an affair he had with a Florida woman back in 2012. Intimate photos of Wang and the woman were put on blast by a Taiwanese newspaper, and instead of ignoring the accusations, Wang gave a press conference to apologize for his mistakes.
During the news conference, he admitted feeling regret for the damage the affair caused to his family and his wife of nine years, Chia-Ling Wu. He was quoted as saying, “To my family and friends who love and support me, I will not even dare to ask for your forgiveness but I want to express my most deep apology.” But Wang’s wife did forgive him, and the couple gave birth to their second child just a year after Wang admitted the affair.
6. David Beckham
David Beckham is considered one of the best looking former athletes in the world. He has been married to pop star-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham since 1999 and their marriage has been marred by cheating scandals ever since. In 2004, while playing for Real Madrid, news outlets reported that Beckham was having an affair with his personal assistant, Rebecca Loos. Neither Beckham nor Loos challenged the allegations.
In 2007, Victoria finally spoke out about the affair and called it one of the hardest times for their family. She was quoted as saying, “David and I got through it together. No one said marriage was going to be easy. Yes, there have been bumps along the road. But the fact is we’ve come out of everything we’ve been through stronger and happier.” It seems like in an odd way, the affair helped to their strengthen their relationship. The couple remain committed to each other and focused on their growing empire while raising their four children.
5. Dwyane Wade
Often times, athletes can get away with cheating on their spouses without suffering any consequences, but when it comes to Dwyane Wade, his affair will remain with him forever. The Miami Heat player was dating actress Gabrielle Union when he fathered a child with another woman. Wade claimed he and Union were “on a break” at the time the child was conceived, but social media posts during the time the woman was impregnated proved that to be a lie. There wasn’t a noticeable lapse in Wade and Union’s relationship, so it was pretty clear to the public that he had indeed cheated on her during their relationship.
Following the announcement of his new bundle of joy, Wade apologized to Union by proposing to her with an 8.5-carat ring. She said yes, of course, and the two tied the knot in 2014. Union is now the step-mother to Wade’s three sons from his first marriage, but the baby he conceived after cheating on Union has been completely shielded from the public.
3. Antonio Cromartie
New York Jets Antonio Cromartie married model Terricka Cason back in 2010. Despite Cromartie already having a gaggle of children with other women, Cason was eager to be his wife and a step-mother. Their relationship started off rocky and Cason went to great lengths to get Cromartie to stop stepping out on her.
In 2012, Cason texted her husband and insinuated she was going to commit suicide. The text read,“God forgive me, I don’t want to die. What have I done?” and “I cut my wrists. I took those pills.” Cason was seven months pregnant at the time and Cromartie was naturally freaked out. He called the New Jersey police to go check up on his wife, and when they arrived, they found Cason taking a nap with her daughters. She explained that her suicide texts were only an attempt to get some attention from Cromartie who had been cheating on her with other women.
Cason’s ploy to get Cromartie to rush to her side completely backfired when she was carted off to for psychiatric evaluation and her children were placed in the temporary custody of child services. The two have since moved forward from the incident, and despite Cromartie getting his tubes tied, Cason is now pregnant with twins. This will be Cromartie’s 11th and 12th children.
2. Eugene Robinson
Former NFL player, Eugene Robinson, was caught red handed after being arrested for soliciting a prostitute. The Atlanta Falcons safety was arrested the night before his team was set to play in Super Bowl XXIII. He approached an undercover cop and offered her $40 for oral sex. Following his arrest, he was forced to make a public apology for his indiscretion.
He gave a press conference and apologized to his team, his wife and his children. He stated, “I want to thank all the people… and particularly my family, who supported and prayed for me at this very, very low point.” It seems like his apology helped, because his wife forgave him for the public humiliation.
1. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant’s wholesome image was crushed when he was arrested for sexual assault back in 2003. Bryant gave an infamous press conference where he admitted to having consensual sex with the woman. His wife, Vanessa, sat by his side in support despite giving her husband the ultimate death stare during the entire press conference. She was visibly and understandably upset, but at least she scored a massive $4 million “apology ring” after the fact, right?
The assault case was later dropped by prosecutors, but Bryant wasn’t done with sleeping with woman other than his wife. In 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce after accusing Bryant of cheating on her with multiple woman. Allegedly, Bryant was prepared to end his marriage privately and amicably, but the couple ended up reconciling. Vanessa frequently posts snapshots of Bryant on her Instagram account, and they look happier than ever. They will be celebrating 15 years of marriage this year.
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