Professional athletes spend the majority of their time on the road. Late night partying, crashing in hotel rooms etc. The one's who are married have to avoid lots of temptation in order to remain faithful to their wives.
Many players, however, give in to that temptation.
Back before the internet was a thing, it wasn't too difficult for athletes to keep affairs hidden despite being in the public eye. Now, its near impossible.
Some mistresses will come out and admit out of guilt, some file lawsuits against the player (with several pulling in nice pay days), and on the rare occasion, the mistress will end up seeing the athlete exclusively or tying the knot. Regardless of how it goes down, these guys can't seem to keep their hands to themselves. It makes you wonder why they bothered getting married in the first place.
Every sport has experienced a great amount of infidelity, but none is greater then the NBA. Over the past several years, there have been numerous accounts of basketball players cheating on wives. A lot of the times, its the same player who has had multiple mistresses. Generally, when one mistress comes forward, other follow suit. And we can only imagine how many others haven't said a word yet.
Taking a look at all the mistresses that have been involved in these affairs, its pretty clear why it was hard for these guys to avoid that temptation.
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16 Latosha Lee
Latosha Lee was one of the several mistresses allegedly shacking up with Shaq.
The two were caught exchanging emails in Dec of 2009 (which indicated that they had been talking as early as the fall). Lee was seeing Dominque Wilkins nephew and NBA player Damien Wilkins as well. In the emails that Lee was exchanging with O'Neal, she was seeking his love/money. O'Neal was making plans to be with her in Florida and also giving her advice on how to get more money from Wilkins.
Oh, Shaq, what a classy guy.
15 Alexis Miller
Alexis Miller was an aspiring rapper from Atlanta who was one of O'Neal's several mistresses. Similar to the others, things between Miller and O'Neal did not end on good terms.
Miller filed a restraining order on O'Neal after the former Los Angeles Lakers star center allegedly threatened her over the phone. Shaq was also rumored to have paid off established artists to refuse to record or perform with Miller in the future. In addition, he was accused of sending Miller "an unsolicited vulgar and offensive illustration of a man physically restraining a woman while forcing her to engage in sexual intercourse with him."
14 Carla DiBello
Immediately following his divorce with Vanessa in 2011, Kobe Bryant was rumored to have slept with Kourtney and Kim Take New York producer Carla DiBello while he was still with his wife.
DiBello was just one of the several mistresses the Bryant was alleged to have cheated on his wife with.
13 Erin Barry
On the court, Tony Parker and Brent Barry had a great friendship and chemistry. We're guessing that went away when Barry found out that Parker was having an alleged affair with his wife Erin Barry behind his back.
Parker, who was married to Eva Longoria, was caught exchanging racy text messages with Barry and the two were rumored to have slept together. Both couples would end up divorcing.
12 Lauren London
Not only has Shaquille O'Neal had his fair share of mistresses, but he also accused former teammate Dwyane Wade of having a mistress while he is with his current wife Gabrielle Union, who was also Wade's mistress at one point.
O'Neal revealed this information to Newsweek senior staff writer Allison Samuels through a string of emails that came out. In the emails he snitched on Wade and also said he wanted Samuels or Rhianna.
Basically, O'Neal broke bro code and then hit on a journalist.
11 Monet Merchand
According to TMZ, Monet Merchand came out and said she had an affair with Stephon Marbury.
Marbury's wife, Tasha Marbury, was on the show Basketball Wives. Prior to her being on the show, Merchand wasn't to kind in a tweet that mentioned her.
This what she said:
@TashaMarbury is an insecure h**” and “You are less ‘worth’ than a burnt out light bulb & you will forever live in shame."
9 Vanessa Lopez
Of all the shady stories that arose from Shaquille O'Neal's alleged mistresses, this one takes the cake as far as creepiness goes.
Vanessa Lopez filed a 2010 lawsuit in Miami Dade County, accusing Shaq of racketeering, invasion of privacy, and intentional inflection of emotional distress. In 2013, she added on punitive damages to the ongoing case.
Lopez claimed the harrasment from O'Neal began when she told the former NBA star that she was pregnant. According to court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, Shaq was supposedly trying to monitor text messages and record/alter assign fake sender on phone calls.
8 Vanessa Curry
O'Neal isn't the only one who struggles to keep his affairs private.
Vanessa Curry was an 18-year-old cheerleader of the Los Angeles Lakers around the time that Kobe Bryant was accused of having an affair with her.
In 2008, TheDirty.com reported the story, and when Bryant's lawyer's denied it, the site posted this as a caption under a picture of Bryant:
Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers (left) prepares to nail a jumpshot. Bryant's lawyer is denying that Kobe nailed cheerleader Vanessa Curry, however.
7 Gabrielle Union
Dwyane Wade's alleged affair with actress Gabrielle Union turned into an ongoing relationship and now a marriage.
A lot of the time, relationships that began as affairs don't go too smoothly and this was no exception. The two split for a period of time, and during that time Wade had a baby with another woman. A year later, Wade and Union got married anyway.
6 Sundy Carter
In 2010, Charlotte Bobcats guard Larry Hughes flew to LA for Nelly's album release party.
But that wasn't all he was there for.
According to TerezOwens.com, Hughes was seen meeting with his mistress Sundy Carter and her three-year-old child that she reportedly had with Hughes.
5 Michelle Money
Michelle Money, who is a former contestant on "The Bachelor," admitted to having an affair with NBA player Carlos Boozer while he was married.
Below is a quote from a post from playerswives.com in March of 2015:
Yes, I was in a relationship with Carlos while he was still married. What I did was wrong… I’m not trying to shy away from the fact that he was still married. I don’t put that on Carlos. I don’t put that on anyone but myself. I feel terrible for Cece for that pain she’s had to go through and that I am a part of it… “
Boozer had divorced with his wife Cece prior to Money's admitting what happened.
4 Krissy Freiberg
Most athletes who have affairs make genuine efforts to keep them quiet. It can be difficult to do nowadays with almost everything being publicized online. Still, you'd expect a player to not be dumb enough to do what Kevin Garnett did.
Garnett brought season tickets for his mistress Krissy Freiberg in 2011. Unfortunately for Garnett, his wife Brandi saw Freiberg there and, as you could imagine, it did not sit well with her.
3 Amelia Vega
It's unusual for a professional athlete who lives in the spotlight to tie the knot with a former mistresses. Typically, they deny being with the another girl. Typically, it remains a rumor.
That wasn't the case with Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford and former Miss universe model Amelia Vega. At one point, Vega was nothing more then Horford's mistress, but now, the two are now happily married. Horford and Vega officially became a couple in December of 2011.
2 Dominica Westling
Shaquille O'Neal is the kind of like the Tiger Woods of basketball and we all know that can't be seen as a good thing.
In 2010, Shaq was rumored to have an 18 month affair with Swedish supermodel Dominica Westling. The two were caught exchanging inappropriate emails (shocker) and they were rumored by some to be having cybersex using a webcam.
1 Jessica Burciaga
Jessica Burciaga, Miss February 2009, was a knockout that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was supposedly cheating on his wife, Vannessa Bryant, with.
The rumors spread all across the web in 2011 and when TMZ confronted Burciaga, she waved her finger to the camera and said, "Not I." She proceeded to go on a Twitter rant about the rumors. Burciaga tweeted: "The people who know the least about a situation talk so much s***. Geez go get a life of your own."
Burciaga has been on many lists of the alleged mistresses of Kobe Bryant, but as far as looks go, she has be at the top in general for the entire NBA.
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