Thanks to biology, every single person in the world begins to seek out a partner to become romantically and intimately involved with once they hit puberty, and in many cases, these types of relationships result in couples who date for a long time, or get married. These relationships, however, can be pretty hectic and emotionally and mentally draining, which is why many people chose to either live a more casual lifestyle with no strings attached, or they decide to become unfaithful. Professional athletes may be gifted with skills that allow them to exceed at the highest level of competition, and they may be paid quite handsomely for those skills, but they too wish to find partners to be intimate with just like the rest of us.
Considering that all professional athletes, no matter the sport, are at their core just ordinary people, it means that their bodies also began to change once puberty struck, and seeing as those hormones cause everyone to develop specific urges, it is usually around that time that most people begin watching adult films. Now, regardless of your stance on adult films, or the “Other Industry” as it is sometimes called, practically everyone has watched and enjoyed at least one adult film, and generally, whether you are male or female, you will develop an attraction towards the good-looking actors performing on your screen. Athletes have also seen these types of movies, but because of their elevated social status, they are more likely to meet these adult film stars, and when they do, rumors of intimate relationships begin to quickly emerge, rumors which sometimes turn out to be true. And with that in mind, the purpose of this article is to identify 15 athletes who have been linked to stars from the “Other Industry.”
15. Nate Robinson
In 2005, the Phoenix Suns decided to use their 1st overall pick to select point guard Nate Robinson, who they proceeded to trade that very same night to the New York Knicks, where he spent the best years of his NBA career. Robinson went on to play for a total of eight different teams over a span of 10 seasons, which means that he was not that much of an impact player, which is also why he has spent the last 2 years playing overseas. In 2010, he played for both the Knicks and the Celtics, and at some point during that time, rumors started to circulate that he was involved with adult film star, Samone Taylor, who tried to put an end to those rumors by going on YouTube, where she said that they were just friends. Despite Samone’s actions, reports continued to pile up which claimed that she and Robinson were, at the time, seeing each other.
14. Dwight Howard
Whether it be the NFL, MLB, NHL, or NBA, there are always certain players who possess incredible skill but who never find real success on any team they play for, mainly because their personality and attitude become detriments to the team. Dwight Howard has been in the NBA since 2004, where he has so far played for four different teams, and it was during his time with the Orlando Magic that he became linked to adult film star Mary Carey. He and Carey allegedly met in 2006, while she was still dating one of the members of NSYNC, and although it is believed that something happened between them, Carey firmly denies it, and has said that it was Howard who kept pursuing her. In fact, she even claims that Howard came to her ex-boyfriend’s house demanding that she come see him.
13. Tanard Jackson
Considering how many professional athletes there are in North America and around the world, it only makes sense that not every athlete who appears on this list is going to be a superstar player. Tanard Jackson was a safety who played a combined seven seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins, but his time in the league was actually shorter than that as he was dealt two lengthy suspensions for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. It was thanks to his football career however, that he met former adult film star Jemini in 2010, who he publicly admitted to being in a relationship with. Then again, he kind of had to admit it, seeing as she ended up getting pregnant with his child.
12. Rashad Butler
Rashad Butler may have been in the NFL for a good six years, but due to his rather small size, the offensive tackle was never able to make any real impact in the league, which is why he effectively retired from football in 2013. During his playing career though, he met and began dating adult film star Mya G, who like her boyfriend at the time, was known for her work, but was not considered to be a talented and popular performer. After separating for a bit, the couple got back together in 2011, but by 2012 they found themselves broken up again, because Butler apparently cheated on her. That makes very little sense because if you are in a relationship with someone from the “Other Industry”, why go out and cheat on that person?
11. Jennifer Capriati
With this entry, we see that men are not the only ones who sometimes get involved with individuals who work in adult entertainment, as Jennifer Capriati was once in a relationship with a male performer who went by the name Dale DaBone. Jennifer is a former American professional tennis player, who not only managed to earn the world #1 ranking for a time, but who was also able to win three Grand Slam titles in her career. She and DaBone were in a relationship for almost six years (2003-09), and at one point during their relationship, he decided to leave the Adult Film industry. That decision did not last long, as he eventually returned. In 2010, Jennifer nearly died from a drug overdose, and DaBone suggested that she took a boatload of pills because she was depressed about retiring from tennis, and because he was making Adult Films again.
11. Hines Ward
The National Football League may be home to players who have done some pretty terrible things off the field, but most of the players happen to be good men, and during his playing career, wide receiver Hines Ward was an incredibly well-liked and respected individual. Ward spent all 13 years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he became a five-time Pro Bowler, a two-time Super Bowl champion, and a Super Bowl MVP (2005), and in 2008, he was linked to Lisa Ann, who is considered to be amongst the most iconic actresses in the “Other Industry.” Apparently, people thought there was something going on between the two because of a picture that circulated which showed them both being quite cozy and smiling, but what really makes things interesting is the fact that the picture was taken at an adult film company’s Christmas party, which begs the question, why was Ward even there in the first place?
9. Shinji Kagawa
In professional soccer, players can actually change teams quite often thanks to the transfer system, and in 2012, the famous Manchester United went out and acquired Japanese star Shinji Kagawa through one of these transfers. Kagawa is an attacking midfielder who has scored nearly 100 professional goals and almost 30 goals for Japan on the international stage, and during his first year with Manchester United, he became linked to well known Japanese Adult Film star, Ameri Ichinose. As it turns out, nothing ever took place between Kagawa and Ichinose, because when he was spotted out with his girlfriend at the time, it was a woman who happened to just look a lot like the adult film star. Although their rumored relationship turned out to be false, people continued to insist that they were indeed an item.
8. Michael Del Zotto
Considering that Lisa Ann is indeed a part of the “Other Industry’s” most iconic performers, it makes sense that a lot of male athletes hoped that they would one day get to meet her, which is precisely why she makes more than one appearance on this list. Michael Del Zotto is a fairly capable NHL defenseman, who has spent the last three seasons playing for the Philadelphia Flyers, but it was while he was a member of the New York Rangers that he met the adult film icon. They met in 2012 at an event which was being hosted by Ann, after he got in touch with a promoter, and following that meeting, they went on a date which ended in a hook-up that Del Zotto will never forget. Following that night, they briefly dated, and the relationship eventually ended thanks to Del Zotto who annoyed Ann by constantly texting her and asking her if she can hook him up with other actresses from her industry.
7. Chuck Liddell
Mixed martial arts is not for everyone, mainly because a lot of people do not like all the violence that is associated with it, but regardless of how you feel about it, it is indeed a very popular professional sport. Like any other sport, MMA has its own set of icons, and Chuck Liddell, who had 29 UFC fights, and is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, is one of them. Liddell is trained in kickboxing, American kenpo, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and if that did not make him cool enough, he was also once linked to the very attractive adult film star, Jayden James. Their rumored relationship took place between 2006 and 2009, and in 2009, they were photographed partying together in Cabo during New Year’s. Still, both have said that nothing serious has ever happened, with Liddell even saying that James was using HIM for publicity.
6. Justin Brent
With this entry we once again have Lisa Ann, who will be making her third and final appearance on this list, and the best was indeed saved for last, as the athlete she was involved with this time was not even out of school yet. In 2014, Justin Brent was a freshman at Notre Dame University, where he played as a wide receiver on the school’s football team, and following a game in Chicago, he met Lisa Ann at a restaurant, and according to her, there was an instant connection. Following that meeting, Ann posted pictures of herself and Brent at a Knicks game, and then in a bed together, which caused a frenzy online because of the rather religious mindset of the school he played for, and because he was 19 at the time. They continued to date for a while, with Ann making it clear that the 23-year age difference was a non-issue for her, and it definitely was not an issue for Brent either.
5. Tiger Woods
From 1997 to 2008, Tiger Woods was without a doubt the best professional golfer on the planet, and with 14 Major Championships under his belt, he will forever be considered as one of the best to ever play the game. In 2004, Woods married former Swedish model, Elin Nordegren, and they seemed to be living a pretty happy life until 2009 when his wife, as well as the rest of the world, learned that he had been unfaithful to her numerous times with multiple women. Woods had apparently had affairs with over a dozen women, including several adult film actresses, the most prominent of which was Joslyn James, who publicly shared messages they had sent to each other, and who starred in a film that parodied the entire situation.
4. Rob Gronkowski
Much to the dismay of many football fans, the New England Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions, and there is a good chance that they may in fact repeat next year seeing as they have managed to keep most of their roster intact. One of the team’s biggest pieces is tight end Rob Gronkowski, who, despite being drafted in the 2nd round, has become a beast on the field, and his talent has greatly contributed to New England’s last two championship wins. In 2011, Gronk made a splash on social media when he posted pictures of himself and adult film star Bibi Jones, including one picture in which he was shirtless, while the cute little blonde wore nothing but his jersey. Jones has said that nothing happened between them, and that Gronk only posted the pictures to get more followers, but it is extremely hard to believe that all they did in that house was take pictures for Twitter.
3. Yu Darvish
In 2012, Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish announced that he wanted to come and play in Major League Baseball, which started a bidding war among several teams who wanted to add the strikeout machine to their starting rotations. In the end, it was the Texas Rangers who won the war, and went on to sign Darvish to a 6-year, $60 million contract, and for the first two years he was incredible. Over the last 2 seasons, his career went slightly off track because of different injuries. The year he signed that contract, however, was the same year that he finalized his divorce with his first wife, and during the divorce, he was rumored to have been seeing Japanese adult film star Kirara Asuka. Although Darvish himself never admitted to it, Kirara never outright denied it either.
2. Scottie Upshall
Scottie Upshall came into the NHL as a member of the Nashville Predators, who originally drafted him 6th overall in 2002, and since then, he has gone on to play for a total of six teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers. While with the Flyers (2006-09), he met up with former Puerto Rican adult film star Gina Lynn, and this meeting eventually led to them hooking up multiple times, which would have been completely fine if it were not for the fact that Gina was married at the time of those hook-ups. This is not the first time that Gina has been connected to professional athletes playing in Philadelphia, though, as she was also linked to several other hockey players, as well as baseball player Ryan Howard, and former Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley.
1. Tito Ortiz
Chuck Liddell may be one of the most well known individuals in MMA, but as it turns out, he is not the only MMA legend known for being associated with one of the most successful and iconic actresses that the “Other Industry” has ever produced. Tito Ortiz is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion who fought a total of 32 times in the Octagon, and in 2006, he started dating Jenna Jameson, who is viewed as royalty within the Adult Film community. Ortiz and Jameson dated up until 2013, and in that time, the pair welcomed twin sons, but their relationship was far from glamorous as Ortiz was arrested for domestic assault in 2010, while Jameson was arrested in 2012 for a DUI. After a harsh custody battle, Ortiz ended up with sole custody of their sons.
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