People have a predetermined idea of what athletes are like nowadays. They’re respected for doing what they do, for entertaining millions year after year, for their perseverance, their strength, and their skills. For this, whether they like it or not, athletes are constantly under the public eye, and although some may not deserve it, athletes become role models for hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
I mean, of course they are. They’re constantly portrayed in flattering ways in marketing campaigns, and they do something every sports fan wish they did; play sports for a large salary. But what happens when an athlete is caught with another teammate's girlfriend or wife, or worse? Of course, a lot is just gossip, albeit convincing nonetheless, but some are also clear as day.
In team sports, the idea is embedded into players from a young age that your teammates are your family. You may not always get along, but everybody has to trust each other and when push comes to shove, you put the team before yourself. However as in any walk of life, things happen that will tear people apart and athletes are imperfect like all of us. These actions though, are just inexcusable if in fact true.
Here are the top 15 athletes who allegedly cheated with a teammate's no longer significant other, or worse...
15 Shannon Brown and Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers
It was during the playoffs of the 2010-11 season that that the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers were swept convincingly by the Dallas Mavericks that people started wondering what the real issue was with this team. Pau Gasol took much of the blame during that series, averaging just a meager 13.1 points a game. It was so bad that coach Phil Jackson was even seen screaming at Gasol and thumping him on the chest to try and get a reaction from the Spaniard. It was after that performance that the nasty rumor that Shannon Brown was having an affair with Silvia Lopez Castro, the woman Gasol was engaged to.
14 Jason Richardson, Leandro Barbosa and Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
13 Jason Kidd and Jim Jackson, Dallas Mavericks
Jason Kidd and Jim Jackson were supposed to be the two stars that lifted the Mavericks out of mediocrity and into the glory of an NBA championship. But it was in 1996 that it all came apart for the Mavs and their young stars, and rumor has it that the separation was caused by an unlikely source; country singer Toni Braxton. Now you may be asking yourselves why this happened. It is said that the country singer cancelled plans with Kidd to hang out with Jackson, reportedly causing a rift between the two players. Kidd and Jackson were both traded shortly afterwards.
12 Delonte West and LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
This alleged incident, which is in no way confirmed true, involves not a girlfriend or a wife, but a mother. LeBron James’s mother in fact, Gloria James. The rumours started when West and James were both playing with the Cavaliers, and although it seems too far fetched to even say, LeBron’s play in the series vs. the Celtics in 2010 was so horrid that people thought there might be some truth to it.
11 Tony Parker and Brent Barry, San Antonio Spurs
10 Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Bure, Russian National Team
Perhaps one of the odder stories on our list is the relationships of Russian superstars Pavel Bure and Sergei Fedorov with tennis player Anna Kournikova in the early 2000’s. So here’s what we do know. Fedorov himself confirmed that Kournikova and himself were indeed engaged, albeit for a brief amount of time, the Russian superstar saying this: "They are true [the rumors of a relationship between him and Kournikova]. We were married, albeit brief, and we are now divorced."
9 Tommy Salo and Mike Comrie, Edmonton Oilers
It was 2003 when the rumor came out that Mike Comrie was sleeping with the wife of veteran goaltender Tommy Salo. Of course, Comrie profusely denied the rumor after he chose not to comment at first. "I should have said something right away. I didn't think it would have the legs it did. Everyone thinks it happened but it's the most ridiculous rumor. It's not true.” The signs however say otherwise.
8 Paul Terry and Dale Roberts, Rushden & Diamonds FC
John Terry’s shenanigans (see no.2) apparently run in the Terry family tree, because not only does his brother Paul Terry play football for a lower league club, but the footballer has also had an affair with his teammate's fiancée. Terry was allegedly having an affair with goalkeeper Dale Roberts wife, Lindsey Cowan. Unfortunately, a simple public snub is not the end of this tale. Shortly afterwards news of the affair broke, Roberts hanged himself in the home he shared with his fiancée.
7 Rick Manning and Dennis Eckersley, Cleveland Indians
6 Brendan Shanahan and Craig Janney, St. Louis Blues
5 DeMarco Murray and Brennan Clay, Oklahoma Sooners
4 Wayne Carey and Anthony Stevens, North Melbourne Kangaroos
Have you all ever heard of the AFL, more commonly known as Aussie Rules? This sport, which is quite similar to Gaelic Football and can draw crowds of around 50,000 was the home of one of the greatest sports scandals to rock the land down under. Wayne Carrey, one of the better AFL players, was caught in the bathroom with his teammate's wife, Willi. That teammate was Anthony Stevens, his supposed best friend. When his teammates caught him, a meeting was held to decide if they could continue to play alongside their captain of nine years.
3 John Harkes and Eric Wynalda, U.S. national soccer team
2 John Terry and Wayne Bridge, Chelsea Football Club
One of my personal favorites involves Chelsea captain John Terry and his former teammate Wayne Bridge. Terry allegedly cheated on his own wife of three years with the girlfriend of his teammate Wayne Bridge, the French underwear model named Vanessa Perroncel, also the mother of Bridge’s child. Bridge would later be sold to Manchester City in late 2009.
1 Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, New York Yankees
This is perhaps the most scandalous and yet the most bizarre incident in the history of baseball. It was on March 4, 1973, that Yankees players Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich held two separate press conferences on the same day announcing the same thing. That these two teammates had decided to swap wives and swap homes – basically swapping lives. Of course, there was a frenzy of stories and theories concerning the real reason this “trade” happened, but 40 years later Petersen simply says “it was a love story. It wasn’t anything dirty.” Petersen has been married to Suzanne Kekich since 1974, although the other two split up a few years later without ever getting married.
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?Get Your Free Access Now!