Rock stars have them. Politicians do too. Then it surely is no big surprise that top pro athletes also have their share of gorgeous, sexy mistresses who are discrete... until the media gets wind and the indiscretions start flying and going viral.
CNN reported that 80 to 90 percent of pro athletes cheat and many cheat on their mistresses with additional ladies. So although the position of mistress may seem to come with a few perks, the downside is that it will be a temporary experience at best and oh yes, you are possibly ruining a family.
Some of our favorite sports figures, like Shaq and Tiger, have had many lovers outside of their marriages... or we should say alleged mistresses, as some things we see, read and hear are simply tabloid hearsay. But we've learned that when no "hush money" is involved, mistresses are happy to come out of the woodwork in later years. See what you think of our list of ten women who may or may not have been "sports mistresses".
10 Roger Clemens and Mindy McCready
Mindy McCready seemed very distraught over the affair she had with pitcher Roger Clemens and was open and seemingly honest in her interview with the NYDaily News reporter. Evidently, McCready had met Clemens years before at a karaoke bar when she was 15-years-old and he was 28. According to her report, it wasn't until years later when she moved to Nashville and became a country singing star that the relationship became more. Of course, Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, stated, "At no time did Roger engage in any kind of inappropriate or improper relationship with her." It's likely that 2008 was a really rough year for Clemens, as he was being investigated by the FBI for denying under oath that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs.
9 David Beckham and Rebecca Loos
Meet Rebecca Loos, former personal assistant to David Beckham when he moved to play for Real Madrid and had to relocate to Madrid, Spain. While wife Victoria spent most of her time in the UK, husband David spent an inordinate amount of time with Rebecca - purportedly having an affair for four months. Evidently, according to a report in the mirror.co.uk, Rebecca is the one to have spilled the beans about the 2004 affair on the television show Daybreak. Loos is now married with children and when looking back, has remarked, "... knowing what I know now, I would have definitely gone about things quite differently. I think I was young and foolish and very reckless."
8 Bobby Petrino and Jessica Dorrell
This alleged affair cost the former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino his job. The Huffington Post ran a story that detailed the kisses, gifts and handwritten notes from Petrino to Jessica Dorrell, who was half his age. Athletic director, Jeff Long, began investigating Petrino's actions and was able to have personal notes released based on the Associated Press's Freedom of Information Act. In the end, Petrino was let go due to his unprofessional actions of hiring and providing financial gifts to Dorrell, among other shady activities, and hiding it even when under the gun.
7 Shaq and Latosha Lee
Evidently sexually-oriented emails between Shaq and Latosha provided enough proof for wife of seven years - Shaunie Nelson - to file for divorce in 2010. But Shaq was already questioned about his fidelity after years of rumors circulating that he was having affairs. Latosha was interviewed years later and decided to set the story straight... or at least, her side of the story, which is that there was never an affair and only dating while he was separated. However, when the big question came up about the publicized emails, her answer, "Well, I can't talk about them due to pending legal matters because I am suing and I know he's going through something with his wife."
6 Tiger Woods and Rachel Uchitel
Now we know that Tiger Woods had many mistresses while married to the mother of his kids Elin Nordegren, but when the story went public, Rachel Uchitel was the first woman to be named 'Woods' mistress'. She was hounded by the media for a while before opening up to the Daily Mail. She admitted during the interview that she was very unstable when she met Woods, even addicted to Ambien- to help her cope with the loss of her then fiancé, who was working in one of the World Trade Centers on 9/11. She explains she was not well, and that even though she doesn't agree with her behavior that people should know her side of the story. Rachel's friends even added, saying; "she believed her eight-month affair with Woods was a serious relationship with a ‘soul mate’, and has never breathed a word in public about him."
5 Dwayne Wade and Lauren London
Believe it or not, Shaq is purportedly the one who busted Dwayne Wade when he tipped off Newsweek about the affair with Lauren London, according to a story in hiphopwired.com. The emails between Newsweek reporter, Allison Samuels, and Shaq were published and it is clear that he accidentally spilled the beans. When Samuels was asking about whether Shaq liked Lauren London, he wrote back, "Loren is d wade's girl im not wrong sesslie aint my type u r." Again, we have to ask - could this be hearsay?
4 Barry Bonds and Kimberly Bell
Former Barry Bonds' mistress, Kimberly Bell, revealed the truth about Bonds' steroid use on the witness stand, according to a report in the NYDaily News back in 2011. Bell was questioned in detail about Bonds' body and how it had changed over the five-year period in which she knew him intimately. The U.S. District Court was packed as she was examined, cross-examined and accused of being an opportunist who was confirming the steroid possibilities out of revenge. According to the report, Bonds also threatened her saying he would "cut off her head and leave her in a ditch, burn down her house ... and cut out her breast implants because he paid for them."
3 John Terry and Vanessa Perroncel
In another case of denial, lingerie model Vanessa Perroncel told GMTV that there was nothing more than friendship between John Terry and herself. She stated that she would rather get back with ex-boyfriend Wayne Bridge, who was a good friend of Terry's. The alleged affair lasted four months in the latter part of 2009. Her comment, "He was my friend. I'd known him for eight years. I split up from Wayne and he was there for me."
2 Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Curry
Laker girl, model, singer and alleged lover to Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Curry has had her share of the limelight. Right around 2007-2008 during the NBA playoffs is when the news went viral that 18-year-old Vanessa was Bryant's "off-the-court" squeeze. With wife named Vanessa and lover with the same name, it seemed like a safe bet this affair could continue. However, this is not confirmed, yet Curry was soon off the Laker cheer team saying she was looking for a different career choice. Evidently, she was later added to The Pussycat Dolls as one of their dancer/singers.
1 Jeff Gordon and Deanna Merryman
Deanna Merryman was the person allegedly responsible for the break up of driver Jeff Gordon's marriage. Merryman's tell-all was published in Playboy along with her nude pictorial. She claims that she and NASCAR star Jeff Gordon had an 11-month affair about a year after she met him. "He got married when he was 23 and has been on the race track since he was a kid. He used to tell me all the time that he never had a chance to have fun." However, Merryman evidently was not enough fun to keep him coming back for more, as she later found that Gordon was meeting up with another model.