This might shock you, but sometimes NBA players cheat on their wives and significant others. Allegedly, of course. If you need time to digest this revelation, take all the time you need.
Sometimes NBA players cheat so obviously that we can't all pretend this happens.
That's probably not what's up on the road.
NBA players infidelities have come to be known as "The Baller Wife's Burden" since Danielle C. Belton wrote a very interesting oped ed in response to Vanessa Grigoriadis' piece in New York Magazine on NBA players' wives fashion. The title of Belton's article, "Baller Wife’s Burden (Or How to Put Up With Cheating By Accepting Expensive Things Where Love Is Supposed To Be)" summed up the content pretty well. Obviously, the visual Belton expels isn't the case for every couple. With that said, it's easier to turn an eye when you get to live in a multi-million dollar house, send your kids to the best private schools and lavish yourself in diamonds and upscale designer clothes, all while not participating in the labour force. This picture might not be truth for the wives of ballers who don't start. While an appreciated bench payer might make upwards of $4 million a year for a good half-decade, at some point, the money stops. It's followed by a lifetime of unemployment. Ever hear that most athletes end up broke? It's hard to go from 0 to 100 real quick, but it's even harder to go from 100 to 0. The significant others of those who don't make enough to pretend that your man is just having a boy's weekend in Ibiza, often spill details of cheating to the likes of TMZ and Black Sports Online.
Here are the top 20 unfaithful NBA players. The list is in no particular order because ranking these situations seemed morally wrong.
20 Tony Parker
Tony Parker and Eva Longoria used to be married. However, they aren't anymore so obviously it didn't work out very well. Their demise came when the actress of "Desperate Housewives" fame discovered hundreds of texts sent by Parker to other women. Longoria reportedly discovered the texts because Parker left a device on and open. Amateur.
It was reported that Erin Barry, the wife of former NBA player Brent Barry, was Parker's Monica Lewinsky. So addition to being a cheater, the Spur broke the locker room code of conduct. However, both Barry and Parker have denied an affair.
At the time, it was rumored Parker was a gentlemen who enjoyed the amenities of gentlemen's clubs. Especially the conversation (?) of a professional dancer who had given him and Eva a couple's lap dance before they married.
Longoria admits she questioned herself after he marriage to Parker ended, asking "‘Am I not sexy enough? Am I not pretty enough? Am I not smart enough?'”
Eva, you good, girl. It's the system.
Parker is now married to French journalist Axelle Francine.
19 Daniel Gibson
Daniel Gibson was married to singer Keyshia Cole while he was an active member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, he spent a significant portion of his time playing being a player off the court as well. One time, he got caught in a Houston strip club making it rain on the stripper with whom he was reportedly having an affair. His wife was very unhappy about this as the monogamous partner of a cheater sometimes is.
Another time, while Gibson and Cole were working through their martial issues, he invited her to the set of his music video. He used his opportunity to text another woman in front of her. Cole, again slightly upset, posted a photo of the cell phone screen to Instagram. She also alleged that Gibson slept with another woman in their marital bed.
18 Paul George
Paul George dated Callie Rivers, the daughter of the Los Angeles Clippers head coach, Doc Rivers. Also known as the team and coach George will likely never play for.
If there was a relationship spectrum with good boyfriend on one side and bad on another, George would be on the "I had unprotected relations with an exotic dancer" side. How did George caught cheating? Allegedly, he got the Miami stripper, named Daniela, pregnant at a yacht party.
To complete the crazy story, George reportedly offered his stripper baby mama $1 million dollars to terminate the pregnancy.
Shortly after the birth of his baby girl, the new baby daddy was rumoured to be dating another woman. Who just so happened to be the wife of his teammate Roy Hibbert.
17 Dwyane Wade
Not so long ago, Dwyane Wade had a baby. However, his fiance Gabrielle Union was not the child's mother.
Bring in the "we were on a break" excuse. It didn't work for Ross on Friends and it didn't work for D-Wade. TMZ pulled up a bunch of evidence that proved Union and Wade were definitely not on a break when his son was conceived with Damon Wayans Jr.'s baby mama Aja Metoyer.
Metoyer, being one of the "classiest people" in the world, decided the right thing to do was write an open letter to Union, sharing the details of her affair with Wade. In the letter, Metoyer thanked Wade's cousin for booking her many flights to Miami and also informing Union that her and Wade's chef had cooked for her.
Union and Wade are now happily married. However, Union continues to only acknowledge Wade's three other sons.
16 Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian were the perfect reality television couple but it turns out it was all made-for-TV. Kardashian recently shared that Lamar cheated with another woman on her birthday and that she lied to her family to cover for him. Odom, not being a very good cheater, confirmed he cheated on the Kardashian in a drug-inducted rap video he made.
Before Khloe knew the full details of Odom's issues, she hired a private investigator to figure out what was going on, according to Perez Hilton. She was supplied with evidence that Odom cheated on her with five different women, including two of his alleged mistresses, Polina Polonsky and Jennifer Richardson.
Cute little basketball fact: Sandrina Schultz, Odom's mistress was once rumored to be Dwyane Wade's baby mama.
15 Kobe Bryant
Most would think that after what happened in Colorado, which we won't re-hash but that also proves his unfaithfulness, Kobe Bryant would have become a one man woman. It didn't happen. While on a training trip with Basketball USA in Spain before the 2012 London Olympics, Bryant got caught topless at a nightclub, in the company of two women (nether of them were his wife Vanessa). Some public relations company made up a story about how Bryant's shift got wet and that he took it off while somebody went to get him another. Because Spanish nightclubs have a readily available supply of shirts on-site.
14 LeBron James
Shortly after LeBron James married his long-time girlfriend and the mother of his children, rumours of infidelity hit the Internet.
James has reportedly cheated on Savannah, while they were together at the White House. The Miami Heat players were there to be congratulated by President Obama for their 2013 NBA Championship. NBC associate producer Stacey Klein wrote on Instagram, alongside photos of President Obama and Heat players,
13 Shaquille O'Neal
In an online rap video, Shaq claimed Kobe Bryant was partly responsible for his divorce. Bryant (of course) brought Shaq up during his police questioning in Colorado, where Bryant said he should have paid his girls off like his teammate Shaq.
In one of the weirdest things to ever happen on reality TV, on the show Basketball Wives, Laura and Gloria Govan spoke about the alleged affair Laura had with Shaq in front of Shaq's wife, Shaunie O'Neal. Like she wasn't even there or married to Shaq.
Shaq claims to he a respectful cheater. He said of his marriage to Shaunie:
"At one time my ex-wife Shaunie and I were happy, but I admit it–I was a guy. I was a guy with too many options. Choosing to be with some of those women, well, that’s on me. In my mind, I never did it disrespectfully, but obviously I shouldn’t have done it all."
12 Andrei Kirilenko
Andrei Kirilenko may not cheat on his wife, but if he did, she is openly fine with it. So long as it is only once a year. Affairs are not tolerated.
“What’s forbidden is always desirable. And athletes, particularly men, are susceptible to all the things they are offered,” Masha Lopatova told the Salt Lake Tribune in 2006 when her husband played for the Utah Jazz.
“It’s the same way raising children — If I tell my child, ‘No pizza, no pizza, no pizza,’ what does he want more than anything? Pizza!”
Masha is a Russian pop singer and the daughter of a famous Russian National Team basketball player named Andrei Lopatov.
Her kids are allowed to eat pizza.
11 Steve Nash
Leandro Barbosa's situation with then-teammate Steve Nash's wife was super shady. Nash announced his divorce from wife Alejandra Nash a day after the birth of their son. It turned out to be completely untrue, however, as at the time it was alleged that the child Alejandra gave birth to was of African-American descent. Cue Barbosa. The argument seemed strong since he was quickly traded from the Suns around the same time. The time line made a lot of sense....That was until Alejandra posed with her three children for Arizona Foothills magazine.
10 James Harden
James Harden has never met an Instagram model or exotic dancer he didn't like.
Wonder what her job is?
After the 2012 London Olympics, Harden was feeling pretty good about his financial situation. So, he decided to host a white party on a yacht for his birthday. The morning after, countless incriminating photos of Harden with multiple women appeared online. Girlfriend Trina quickly post a photo of herself wearing a hat that said "No Love" on it.
Harden was extremely keen to move Houston. As Drake says, Houston is an ideal place to drop an entire album advance. And, we and Jenna Shea know, nobody makes it rain like James.
Amber Rose and Harden apparently dated very recently, even though he’s been dating Sarah Vivan, who is also Lil Wayne‘s baby mama.
Seriously? What is it with NBA players and Lil Wayne's exes?
9 Matt Barnes
Neither Matt Barnes nor his wife Gloria Govan are strangers to cheating allegations. Several years ago, when Barnes played for the Orlando Magic, he got caught with a pretty blonde Miami resident. However, the cheating rumours about Govan far exceed those of Barnes. If all of the cheating allegations against Govan are true, Barnes definitely gets a pass.
Rapper and bodyguard Avant Rose claimed he slept with Govan in the home she shares with Barnes. Rose and Barnes got in a Twitter fight over the comments Avant.
The Los Angeles Clipper (Then a Laker) would issue a statement shortly after this, saying the mother of his children had an affair with his friend.
Govan's also been linked to The Game and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
8 Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett's wife Brandi apparently freaked out once when her husband's jumpoff attended the same Boston Celtics game as her. According to reports, the woman, once a cheerleader with the Minnesota Timberwolves moved to Boston when Garnett got traded to the Celtics.
In 2013, Garnett during a visit to the Caribana festival in Toronto, the power forward was spotted with three different women. He was even spotted walking around a Toronto mall with a woman identified as Annie Silvestri.
7 Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan currently makes more than he ever did as an active player. He's not hurting. That's a good thing because when Michael’s multiple affairs became public, the sports world’s most expensive divorce was added to Michael's list of accomplishments. Jordan's wife of 17 years, Juanita Vanoy reportedly took home $168 million.
The National Enquirer ran a headline that Elin Nordegren warned Michael Jordan’s fianceé, Yvette Prieto, that marrying him would be a big mistake. Elin says it was Jordan who taught his golf buddy, Tiger Woods, how to cheat on his wife.
Karla Knafel was one of Jordan's mistresses. MJ offered her $5,000,000 after he retired to stay silent about their affair.
6 Shannon Brown
Brittish Williams was part of the Basketball Wives cast while married to Shannon Brown. She was noted as turning her head to Brown's tendencies.
"They met in the lobby of a hotel in Houston, not long after he finished shooting "Basketball Wives," a source close to the situation tells BOSSIP exclusively. "He was on his way to Argentina to play basketball but his flight had been delayed." According to the insider, Brittish is still unaware of the affair. "When they first met he lied and said she was just his girlfriend," our insider dished. "After he was called out for having a tattoo on his finger he admitted they were engaged but he said he didn't want to marry her because she wouldn't sign a prenup and that everything was for the show." The source added, "To my knowledge the affair is still ongoing."
Bossip obtained pages of texts, allegedly from Shannon to his model girlfriend.
5 Ray Allen
Once upon a time Ray Allen didn't know how to use Twitter. But, that didn't stop him from sending some super dirty DMs to a woman he met online.
A few years ago, the gossip website The Dirty claimed a student from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island would fly across America to "visit" Allen. She would tell friends she also hooked up with other Boston Celtics.
Allen's also been caught going out on dates with women who aren't his wife.
Allen has four sons and a daughter with wife Shannon Walker Williams.
4 Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley's antics as a player occurred well before the Internet. Knowing Barkley as we know him, just imagine.
Once in a while, Barkley likes to provide advice on how to be a better cheater. For example, when cheating, Barkley thinks players should know to “keep [their] wives and girlfriends away from each other.”
Barkley famously complains about the appearance of women in San Antonio. However, according to reports that isn't actually the case. According to a report from The Russell Rush Show on San Antonio's Mix 96.1, a worker from a San Antonio strip club witnessed Barkley try to proposition one of the strippers at the end of the night to come back to his hotel room with him. She turned him down.
This could explain his disdain for the women of San Antonio.
3 Stephon Marbury
Stephon Marbury had an affair with his personal chef and then paid her nearly 1 million dollars to avoid mentioning it to his wife and the media. According to court documents, Marbury hooked up with his family's chef, Thurayyah Mitchell, five times during her employment tenure.
At some point, Marbury stopped making payments to Mitchell. An arbitrator ruled Marbury made Mitchell "believe that 'keeping him happy' was a requirement of keeping her job as a personal chef.
The arbitrator awarded Mitchell $330,000, saying Mitchell could have sued Marbury for more money or sold her story to the tabloids.
2 Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton couldn't keep his wife's allegations of adultery on the down-low. As a result, they ended up surfacing on the website that keeps the NBA's PR team up at night -- TMZ.
The New York Knicks star Felton and wife law student Ariane Raymondo-Felton fought over his many mistresses on Valentine's Day, just before she filed for divorce.
Things got much messier after a lawyer for Felton's estranged wife of only 19 months turned a loaded semi-automatic handgun into a police, claiming Ariane no longer wanted it in their home because he had pulled it on her, according to The Daily Mail. Felton then turned himself into authorities.
1 Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has never been caught cheating on his long-time wife. However, he has sort of incriminated himself.
In 2010, Melo offered five thousand dollars to anybody who would beat up Kat Stacks. Miss. or Mrs. Stacks is a girl who is "friends" with a lot of rappers and NBA players, including Lil Wanye at one point. Not suspicious or anything.
A Twitter model named Asia Monroe alleged her and Melo had a relationship. She even provided proof, sharing photos, DMs, emails and messages.
Finally, while playing Memphis during a game
and a season that didn't matter, Melo was caught eyeing up a young lady in the crowd.