Athletes live a celebrity lifestyle. They enjoy all the perks of the money they make. People around athletes are drawn to them; they want to be a part of their lives. When things are going well, life is like a giant party. Athletes have money and achieve superstar status when things are rolling. Girls want to party with them 24/7 and temptations are everywhere. Whether they are married or not, it always seems like athletes find themselves in trouble with the opposite sex.
Athletes maintain an unspoken bond with teammates. It goes beyond just friendships and being coworkers. They are family. Teammates sweat and bleed together. It is a relationship only understood by those who have been a part of a team. Although things can get heated at times, male athletes refer to each other as “brothers.” They have a very close relationship and normally all stand by each other’s side through thick and thin.
Certainly, cheating on your own girlfriend or wife can be a very complex situation. But when an athlete sleeps with a teammate’s wife, it is a whole other story. A situation like that can get crazy and cause all kinds of problems. It not only is a personal issue, but it becomes a team issue. These problems can potentially cause millions of dollars in losses to team owners and cause players extreme personal distress. But it happens more than we know.
Here are 11 Athletes Who Slept With A Teammate’s Wife.
11. Tony Parker – French Delight
When you are married to Eva Longoria, it takes some set of balls to cheat on that beauty. Somehow, someway, star San Antonio point guard Tony Parker decided to not only cheat on his gorgeous actress/model wife Longoria, he did it with a teammate’s wife! We get that Parker is French, but swapping wives is not common practice in the US.
Parker and Brent Barry were teammates from 2004-2008 and were good friends. In fact, Parker and Longoria were very close with the Barry’s. “We’re like family,” Parker said when referring to the Barry’s. That is until a whole bunch of flirtatious texts were discovered between Parker and Barry’s wife, Erin. That is when both marriages simultaneously imploded and the friendships went along with it.
10. John Terry – Dead Beat Husband
Chelsea star and England captain, John Terry, was married with 2 children. But that didn’t stop him from having an affair. In this case, it was teammate Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend who he shagged. The affair blew up and was picked up by the media. In a game just after the affair came to light, fans jeered Terry every time he touched the ball. What was even worse was that Terry’s wife, Toni, was best friends with Bridge’s girl, French underwear model Vanessa Perroncel. The greatest irony in the situation was that Terry had recently been crowned celebrity “father of the year.” And this wasn’t a one time event. Terry and Perroncel had been carrying on an affair for a while. The kicker was that Terry and Bridge were not only friends, but neighbors (can you say, easy access?). But once their secret relationship came to light, everyone got tight-lipped and relationships crumbled.
9. Demarco Murray – College Days
Demarco Murray is a stud running back. He blazed an impressive trail with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, emerging as a star tailback in the NFL. Murray amassed 1,845 yards, setting the Dallas Cowboys’ franchise mark for rushing in a season. The running back now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles after landing a huge contract. But before the NFL, Murray played at Oklahoma. There, he played with a little known athlete by the name of Brennan Clay. Clay accused Murray, who was in the process of banging out numerous OU rushing and scoring records, of having sex with his wife. Clay filed for divorce immediately after hearing the rumor. Murray denies it happened but where there’s smoke…. Clay and his wife did manage to stay together but early in 2015, Clay was arrested for spousal abuse. He apparently used his wife as a piñata, punching, kicking, grabbing and throwing her.
8. Rick Manning – Out Of Centerfield
Rick Manning was a star centerfielder with the Cleveland Indians. His teammate, Dennis Eckersley, was a young starting pitcher who was still trying to find his way in the majors. That is when Rick Manning slept with Eckersley’s wife. The year was 1978 when the incident occurred. Eckersley’s wife, Denise, began having an affair with Manning. Manning wasn’t just Eckersley’s teammate, he was also his best friend. Manning’s affair with Eckersley’s wife caused an issue and one of them had to be traded. The team kept their star centerfielder and Eckersley was not only traded to another team, his wife traded him for his best friend. Denise stayed behind and left Eckersley and she and Manning eventually got married. Good news for Eck is that he went on to be one of the best closers of all time and got into the Hall of Fame while Manning turned out just a couple more good seasons before disappearing from the MLB for good.
7. Avisail Garcia – Rookie Mistake
Who is Avisail Garcia? He is a young baseball player who finally broke through with the White Sox this past season. However, it’s not his on-the-field performance that is getting him mentioned. Garcia used to be a Detroit Tiger. That’s when he ran into their star first baseman Prince Fielder’s wife. Garcia broke the cardinal rule and slept with Fielder’s wife. Fielder subsequently nosedived statistically and there was a brawl in the clubhouse involving Garcia and team leader Miguel Cabrera who was sticking up for Fielder. Garcia was quickly dealt once management heard of the disaster he created. The team did terribly and Fielder was also dealt so that the team could hit the reset button.
6. Paul Terry – Cheating Leads To Friend’s Suicide
John Terry’s brother, Paul, is also a soccer player and he, too, is a big cheater. While playing for Rushden and Diamonds, Terry briefly lived with teammate Dale Roberts. Roberts was engaged to Lindsey Cowan. During the course of staying with the couple, Terry thought he’d make himself at home and began to carry on an affair with Cowan. Roberts, who was depressed and recovering from an injury, couldn’t believe the news when he heard it. Combined with the anti-depressants he was taking, the news proved to be too much for him. Roberts committed suicide over the shame of having to face the affair of his fiancé sleeping with his friend and teammate. This tragic tale has no happy ending.
5. Pavel Bure – Russian Rocket
Pavel Bure and Sergei Fedorov were dynamic Russian teammates on the Soviet team. In the United States, they were hockey stars for their respective teams. Fedorov was able to land super hottie and tennis seductress Anna Kournikova who was known far more for her looks than her playing ability. The above-average tennis player was carrying on a relationship with Fedorov and had in fact had just gotten married to him when she was mounted by another Russian hockey star, Pavel Bure. Bure sleeping with Kournikova ended Fedorov’s marriage and he walked away from the whole mess. Bure and Kournikova’s affair proved to be short-lived as the press blew up the incident.
4. Jason Richardson – Baby Daddy
Jason Richardson was a solid all-around talent in the NBA. During his prime, he was an effective player on nearly every team he played for. While playing for the Phoenix Suns, Richardson slept with the team’s star point guard Steve Nash‘s wife. Probably one of the dumber decisions Richardson could make, the team obviously struggled and looked terrible as news of the affair came to light. What was crazier is that Steve Nash filed for divorce just one day after his wife had a baby which he thought was his. But when it came out a bit darker skinned than Nash was expecting, anger and accusations began. That is when papers were filed for divorce and the truth was revealed. Right after the team found out Richardson had shagged its franchise player’s wife, he was shipped out of town. Eesh.
3. Wayne Carey – Australian Rules
Wayne Carey isn’t exactly known for being classy. The Australian Rules footballer slept with his teammate’s wife in the bathroom during a team party. Carey was teammates with Anthony Stevens during their 12 years of playing together for North Melbourne. Stevens’ wife had been carrying on an affair with Carey for a while and was seemingly looking to initiate a wife swap. Carey was quickly shipped away after the scandal came to light. Stevens ended his marriage with his cheating wife and everyone has since moved on.
2. Brendan Shanahan – Wife Swap
While playing for the St. Louis Blues, the young hockey star came across the wife of one of his teammates, Craig Janney. Shanahan began to have an affair with Janney’s wife which led to the divorce of the Janneys and the creation of the “Shanahan’s.” That’s right, Brendan Shanahan not only stole his teammate’s wife, he fell in love and married her. Now, at least the Shanahan’s have been married for many years and have three children together. So, in some way, there is a silver lining here. What is more interesting is that the Hockey Hall of Fame did make Shanahan, a sure fire Hall of Famer, wait an extra year to hear his name picked. Rumors were floated that they did that on purpose because of the Janney scandal from years prior.
1. John Harkes – US Scandal
What do you do if you are named captain of your team? Naturally, you have sex with a beloved teammate’s wife! John Harkes, who had been recently named captain of the US World Cup Soccer Team, was dropped from the team by Coach Sampson, just 2 months before the 1998 World Cup. It was sudden and shocking when Harkes was dropped. Then, the truth came to light. Harkes had been sleeping with teammate’s Eric Wynalda’s wife, Amy. The United States team followed that up by finishing last in the World Cup that year. Officially, there was a lot going on and the Wynalda’s promptly got divorced. Harkes was somehow able to retain his wife, but the incident caused quite a stir.