When it comes to athletes, they have a short amount of time to make a lot of money. And with all of the pressure they are under, unfortunately, this can lead to trouble at home. And when that happens, the divorces which take place can turn nasty. Some examples of this include:
Greg Norman and Laura Andrassy - $105 Million Settlement
Shaquille O’Neal and Shaunie O’Neal - $100 Million Settlement, along with $20,000/month in alimony
Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy - $168 Million Settlement
These are some staggering numbers, but more times than not, an athlete can lose up to 50% of their current income, along with any future royalties. In addition to this, there are other assets which can add up, leaving the athlete high and dry towards the end of their career and past their prime, where they can still make more money for their future.
However, this is not always the case, as there have been times where athletes have seemingly paid out just a small portion of their worth during a divorce. Within this article, there are fifteen cases where an athlete may have paid out a large amount, but in the bigger scheme of things, was much less than the 50% that most athletes end up paying out.
15 Ryan Sweeting and Kaley Cuoco
After a few different failed and public relationships, Kaley Cuoco met Tennis star Ryan Sweeting in June of 2013 and, three months later, they became engaged. They subsequently became married in December of 2013 – and after a very short 21 months, they then decided to divorce. The divorce became finalized in May of 2016 and it didn’t cost Sweeting much at all. In fact, Cuoco was able to keep all of her assets and she actually decided to pay for Sweeting’s coaches. In addition to this, Sweeting actually received $165,000 in cash and his attorney fees were paid for by Cuoco. It’s clear that Sweeting didn’t have much that Cuoco wanted, which means that Sweeting didn’t pay any money for the divorce – can’t get much more inexpensive than that.
14 David Justice and Halle Berry
On New Year’s Eve in 1992, David Justice and Halle Berry married and lived in Georgia, when Justice played for the Braves. They separated in 1996 and the divorce was finalized the next year The reason for this split was Berry’s claim that Justice was an abuser and she was even granted a 500 yard restraining order against him. Although terms were never made fully public, the amount that is seemingly agreed upon is that Justice ended up paying Berry $1 Million, which for both of them, is very inexpensive. Justice is rumored to be worth $40 Million, and Berry is worth $70 Million. It seems that Berry wanted everyone to know that Justice was the one at fault, though she's since backed up from some of those statements.
13 Dwyane Wade and Siohvaughn Funches
Dwyane Wade and Siohvaughn Funches were married for five years, from 2002-2007, and had two sons together. Wade was eventually granted custody of his two sons, while Funches went through a stunning 16 different attorneys during the divorce process. She was also arrested twice during the process and the divorce was not completely finalized until 2013. This means their divorce proceedings lasted longer than their actual marriage. Despite the time this took to process, Wade ended up paying Funches $5 million in their divorce settlement. Wade is currently worth over $90 Million and has amassed over $150 million in earnings, making the $5 million seem paltry in comparison. Wade currently is married to Gabrielle Union, whom he has been dating since 2009. The two have signed a prenup.
12 Randy Orton and Samantha Speno
Randy Orton and Samantha Speno were engaged in 2005 and married in 2007. They separated five years later in 2012 and the divorce was finalized a year later. The only cause cited was irreconcilable differences and their settlement is somewhat of a unique one. Speno received one of their numerous bank accounts, which had close to $700k in it, and she was able to keep all of her jewelry and one of the couple's houses. Orton and Speno have one daughter together and Speno receives $4,500 in child support each month for their daughter. Overall, Orton is considered to be worth over $15 Million, making this one of the lowest percentage settlements among all athletes – just ask John Cena. Orton has since remarried, to Kimberly Kessler, and the couple are currently expecting a child.
11 Michael Strahan and Jean Muggli
Before Michael Strahan has turned his retired football career into one that is now a media mogul, he was married to Jean Muggli. They married in 1999 and their marriage went on for seven years, before Muggli filed for a divorce in 2006. Muggli alleged that Strahan threatened her while at their mansion and even called the police to have evidence of this claim. Strahan then counter-sued Muggli, saying she withdrew $3.3 Million out of their joint account without his approval. The judge in the case ordered for Strahan to pay $15.3 Million, along with $18,000 in child support for their twin daughters. He appealed and instead was forced to sell his mansion - valued at around $3.6 Million - and split the earnings with Muggli. What makes this inexpensive is that Strahan is currently worth between $45-55 Million, meaning that this barley made a dent in his pocket.
10 Lance Armstrong and Kristin Armstrong
Lance Armstrong is best known for winning the Tour de France seven times in a row… and then losing those titles due to doping. Just before he started winning the most prestigious biking event in the world, he had married Kristin Richard, who then took his name. They met in June of 1997 and married in May of 1998. However, their marriage was short lived, as they divorced in 2003, after having three children together. Shortly after the divorce, Lance started dating Sheryl Crow, got engaged, and then they separated. Lance then met Anna Hansen in 2008 and they have been dating since, and have two children together. Overall, Lance paid Kristin $14 million – but, since Lance is worth more than $125 million, this settlement from a percentage point is not very much.
9 Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian
Basketball player Kris Humphries started dating Kim Kardashian in October of 2010. Seven months later, in May of 2011, they became engaged, and then married in August of 2011. Their wedding was made into a reality TV show and marital bliss was promised. This promise lasted all of 72 days, when Kardashian filed for divorce. Humphries contended this marriage was all a sham to start with, only done to help promote Kardashian and her family TV empire and wanted an annulment. However, the judge determined this was not the case, so the divorce settlement was instituted and took over 18 months to become settled. This was much longer than they had even dated and married, combined. Even though Humphries was offered $10 Million, he declined, and in the settlement, he ended up with nothing. Although he did not pay any money out, he still lost out on a small fortune.
8 Hulk Hogan and Linda Claridge
Hulk Hogan and Linda Claridge were married for 23 years before Claridge filed for a divorce in 2007, saying that Hogan had been cheating on her and was abusive at the time. During the settlement, Hogan ended up paying close to $7.5 million over to Claridge, along with some other undisclosed assets. Hogan was worth $40 million at the time. This does not include the $115 million settlement he just received for Economic Injury and Emotional Distress from the company Gawker for the adult tape of him that was released in 2012, none of which goes to Claridge. All in all, the amount Hogan paid to Claridge just got completely dwarfed by the massive settlement he got in the Gawker suit. In retrospect, this divorce turned out to be pretty cheap, even though he claimed it nearly bankrupted him at the time.
7 Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra
Back in November of 1998, Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra got married. They were married in Las Vegas at a wedding chapel after a very short time together. This trip to happily ever after lasted for all of nine days, as Rodman asked for an annulment, which ended up taking five months. Although there are multiple reports out that Electra asked for a divorce after five months, because Rodman asked for the annulment after nine days, and was granted the annulment, he ended up not paying anything over to Electra. This saved Rodman Millions, as he was worth much more than Electra at the time, although today, Electra is worth more, as Rodman owes almost $1 Million on back child support, and is currently valued at being worth a negative $1 Million.
6 Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
This marriage was not one which fairytales are written about. Mike Tyson and Robin Givens were both top celebrities at the time of their marriage, but their marriage only lasted for over one year. When Givens filed for divorce, she cited spousal mental instability and abuse, while Tyson countered that Givens' mother was the one which pushed for them to become married, so Givens could get a few quick million dollars. In addition to this, it was later alleged that Givens had an extramarital affair with Brad Pitt! In the end, the courts awarded Givens $10 million and a home that he had paid $5 million for, which is a decent amount, but at the time of the divorce, it was surmised that Tyson was worth $300 million. Only paying out 5% of his value is a very inexpensive divorce, although, he more than likely wishes he had that now, as his current net worth is only projected at around $1 million.
5 Jeff Gordon and Brooke Sealey
Brooke Sealey is a former Ms. Winston model and she and Gordon started dating shortly after a Busch race that Gordon won, in which Sealey handed him the trophy for winning. They married in 1994, but the spark only lasted eight years, as Sealey filed for divorce in 2002. Although she basically asked for every asset the couple owned, eventually Sealey was awarded just over $15 million, which seems like a lot of money. However, as of 2015, Jeff Gordon was worth close to $200 million by some sites, making this settlement less than 10% of what Gordon is currently worth. Not only this, but Gordon immediately started seeing a couple of different women right after before, dating monogamously with Ingrid Vandebosch in 2004, who he married in 2006. Gordon and Vandebosch have two kids together.
4 Nick Faldo and his 3 Ex-Wives
Nick Faldo has been married three different times and, each time, the marriage has ended the same way – in divorce. His first marriage was to Melanie Rockall, and that lasted for five years, from 1979 to 1984. Bercher divorced Faldo due to an extramarital affair he was having with Gill Bennett, who Faldo then married in 1986. Faldo and Bennett would have three children together, but their marriage ended in 1995. In 2001, Faldo married Valerie Bercher, but this marriage only lasted until 2006. While it's hard to pinpoint exactly how much Faldo paid out in total in all three divorce settlements, the number is somewhere upwards of $20 million. Nick Faldo has a current worth of $60 million, however, making each of his settlements about 10% of his net worth, which is very cheap in comparison to what other athletes have had to pay.
3 Landon Donovan and Bianca Kajlich
Back on New Year’s Eve of 2006, soccer star Landon Donovan and Bianca Kajlich were married. Less than three years later, in October of 2009, they separated, and although reconciliation was thought to be a possibility, in the end, they had irreconcilable differences and Donovan filed for divorce. What makes this settlement very interesting is that Donovan actually asked Kajlich for spousal support and attorney fees, even though he is worth more than two times what Kajlich is worth. Donovan is worth $8 Million, while Kajlich is currently worth $3 Million. Although the documents ended up being sealed, it is suspected that Kajlich did not end up paying Donovan anything, as there was never any evidence of any wrong doing on her part. Even with that, Donovan did not pay anything out to Kajlich, which makes this one of the most inexpensive athlete divorces in History.
2 Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields
Andre Agassi and Brookie Shields were married in 1997, and then in 1999, Shields filed for a divorce. Even though at the time, the details were kept confidential, here as of late, more and more details have come out. It is reported that Agassi had a large temper at the time when he was married with Shields, including breaking a Wimbledon trophy out of anger. Both parties agreed that they would keep everything under wraps, but it is surmised that they split their alleged $130 Million worth of assets. At the time, they were seen on equal footing, but since that time, Agassi’s worth has skyrocketed up to $175 Million, whereas Shields is now considered to only be worth $20 Million. Since Agassi did not have any clause where he paid Shields any additional income, Agassi actually came out way ahead in the long run.
1 Greg Norman and Chris Evert
Back in 2008, longtime friends Greg Norman and Chris Evert married, after Norman had a nasty divorce in 2007. However, the wedding for Norman and Evert ended up with the same result of his first marriage, after only 15 months. Norman’s marriage to his first wife, Laura Andrassy lasted for 25 years and he paid out over $100 Million in his Settlement with her. With Evert, they mutually agreed that they needed to separate, which means they each paid for their own share of the divorce and no money was exchanged between the two. Only paying for lawyers is a very inexpensive way to get divorced, which is why it lands Norman on this list. It goes to show that sometimes marrying your best friend works and sometimes it doesn’t, but at least Norman didn’t have another big settlement to pay out.