If there is one rule that exists between "bros," friends, teammates, or basically anyone with whom one wants to be on good terms, it is that you don't mess with significant others. No matter how drunk you are, no matter how drunk anyone is, no matter if your buddy's wife is complaining about the size of his manhood, the size of his paycheck and the size of his car, remember Admiral Ackbar and never forget "IT'S A TRAP!" And it won't end well.
With that being said, not everyone will heed my warning and one only has to tune in to an old episode of the Jerry Springer show to see how many people engage in the horizontal mambo with the significant others of friends, siblings and so on. It's funny until it happens to you, but when it does, it's funny to anyone who doesn't know you and some who do, depending on how you treat your friends.
Even among celebrities, relationships are never perfect. In fact many celebrity relationships are far worse than the norm and the same can be said of pro athletes (names like Tiger Woods and O.J. Simpson should come to mind). Despite the close nature of teammate relationships, there are still betrayers out there in the world of sports. No matter how many times you assist on a buddy's goal, no matter how many blocks you throw down for your receiver or running back, and no matter how many times you spot someone in the gym, he/she may get with your boy/girlfriend when you're not looking. While most of the entries on this list involve male athletes, I tried to keep the pronouns inclusive because when love turns to disdain, neither gender is trustworthy. Here are fifteen athletes who are ALLEGEDLY homewreckers.
15 15. Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich
I don't know if this counts as home wrecking or just home swapping, but it is one of the craziest stories from the world of sports, so it has to be on here. Fritz Peterson was a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers from 1966 to 1976. His career was decent and he appeared in one All-Star game. Kekich, also a pitcher, threw for five different MLB teams spanning a slightly longer career.
14 14. Wayne Carey
13 13. Tony Parker
12 12. John Harkes
John Harkes spent some time as the king of American soccer. He was the captain of the national team, the first American to play in the EPL and had been named "Captain for life." As captain (let alone for life) one is supposed to be the epitome of leadership and unselfish behavior. Leading, inspiring, and bringing other players together are the names of the game.
11 11. Delonte West
If you're a stickler for exact definitions then you might not like this entry. If a "home wrecker" is and can only be "someone who beds a married person and ends up breaking up that marriage," then fair enough, light me up on Twitter.
10 10. Rick Manning
9 9. Brendan Shanahan
Brendan Shanahan ranks among the most accomplished snipers in the history of the NHL. Aside from that he was a fearless forward who could throw his weight around and never shied away from going into the corners. This one goes way back to the early years of his career, when he was with the St. Louis Blues. It is unclear whether or not they started to fool around before or after their divorce, but in short, Shanahan married the ex-wife of former teammate Craig Janney in 1998, three years after both players were traded from the Blues.
8 8. Avisail Garcia
7 7. DeMarco Murray
This is a case of an athlete sleeping with the wife of a former teammate. The 2014 NFL rushing yards leader, DeMarco Murray, played alongside Brennan Clay while at Oklahoma. Late 2014 brought to light a serious kink in what was believed to have been a healthy friendship between Clay and Murray. Clay had said that there was nobody he looked up to more than Murray.
6 6. Karl Malone
5 5. John Terry
Let John Terry's inclusion on this list be a lesson that you can be a captain of a national team, an incredibly successful club team captain, but you cannot get away with whatever you want. Terry had an affair with Wayne Bridge's wife, Vanessa, back in 2010. If you're the type of person who likes icing on their cake, he got her pregnant as well. This is one situation in which "deny, deny, deny" does not work!
4 4. Jason Richardson
Back in 2010, when Steve Nash announced that he and his wife were getting divorced, rumors began to sprout up about an alleged affair between her and Phoenix Suns teammate Jason Richardson. Media outlets briefly reported that Nash's baby was not white, but those rumors were quickly put to rest.
3 3. Eric Lindros
2 2. Pavel Bure/Sergei Fedorov
It's hard to say who the homewrecker is here. Pavel Bure and Sergei Fedorov never played together in the NHL, but they were teammates on the Russian national team during the early 2000s. It actually seems like Russian model and part time tennis player Anna Kournikova just played them both.
1 1. Jim Jackson
In another story of a woman who treated athletes like a bag of Lays chips (couldn't stop at one), we see Toni Braxton, one of the most successful R&B stars of the last few decades. This was way back when Jason Kidd, Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn were breaking out as a trio of promising young stars for the Dallas Mavericks. As the story goes, Braxton came by the team's hotel one night in 1996 in Atlanta to pick up Kidd, but took Jackson out for a night on the town instead. All three played down the entire situation but both players were traded within a year.
Maybe the real villain here was Braxton, who loved the publicity she got from being in an NBA love triangle and for that we can call her a team-wrecker. At the same time, if someone shows up to pick up your teammate, you high five him, you don't leave with her. Jackson broke the bro code.
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