When you are young, you dream about what you want to be in the future, whether it be a police officer, firefighter, doctor, scientist, or God forbid, an Instagram personality. But there are also those who dream about becoming a professional athlete. It actually makes sense to want to be an athlete because not only do you get to play the game you love for a living, but you also tend to make a huge sum of money every single year, and money is always a good thing. Such a dream, though, is very hard to achieve because whether you want to play a team sport like hockey or football, or an individual sport like golf or tennis, only the very best individuals will have the mental and physical fortitude to become a legitimate pro athlete.
It is true that professional athletes are able to play certain sports at a level far above everybody else and that they genuinely make a lot of money, which allows them to live fairly comfortable and lavish lives. But when you take those things away, you will find that they are ordinary people just like the rest of us. With that being said, it is therefore only logical that pro athletes will find themselves in intimate relationships with other individuals, seeing as that is simply biology at work. Now, it is true that athletes do get romantically involved, but just like the rest of us, they make mistakes too; mistakes that sometimes include hooking up with someone who is already married. In sports, it is considered taboo to hook up with a teammate’s wife or significant other, but that does not stop it from happening, and the purpose of this list is to showcase 15 pro athletes who did, in fact, sleep with a teammate’s wife.
15. Pavel Bure
We start things off with Pavel Bure, a Russian winger who, at one point, was considered to be one of the best hockey players in the National Hockey League. In fact, he was so good that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. Over the course of his 12 NHL seasons, Bure played in Vancouver, Florida, and New York, and to his credit, he never apparently found himself hooking up with any of his teammates’ wives, but he did not just have NHL teammates. Bure also played for Russia’s national hockey team, alongside fellow Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov, and from 1999-2001, there are conflicting reports that state that he was in a relationship with tennis star Anna Kournikova while she was married/in a relationship with Fedorov. In 1999, she and Fedorov were, in fact, an item. And in 2000, she and Bure were photographed looking very close. Just a year after that, Fedorov claimed that he and Kournikova were married and that she was having an affair with Bure even though she says they were never married.
14. Tony Parker
The NBA has seen many great point guards over the decades, and one of them currently plays in San Antonio, where he has spent his entire 16-year career and where he has won all 4 of his championships. His name is Tony Parker, and aside from being an incredible basketball player, he is also known for being once married to the absurdly beautiful actress, Eva Longoria; a marriage that ended in 2011 after 5 years. Their divorce was partly due to both of them having busy work schedules, but the main reason behind it actually turned out to be the fact that Parker had been having an affair with Erin Barry, the former wife of his former teammate, Brent Barry. This affair apparently caused the demise of both marriages, and it also caused Barry to opt out of his contract with San Antonio because he could not stand looking at Parker anymore.
13. John Terry
Even though soccer has made a lot of strides here in North America, the majority of people still do not find the game to be entertaining primarily because players like to dive a lot and because the games usually do not provide many goals. That being said, though, it is still the most popular sport in the world, especially in England, where fans follow their teams religiously. And for a time, John Terry was considered to be soccer royalty in the country. Terry is a center-back who went on to captain the team in Chelsea, as well as England’s National team. In 2010, there were allegations that he had a four-month-long affair with model Vanessa Perroncel, who was married to Wayne Bridge, his former Chelsea teammate. Terry and Perroncel denied those allegations, but there must have been some truth to them, seeing as Bridge refused to shake Terry’s hand during a game and Bridge did not want to play for England during the 2010 World Cup because Terry was on the team.
12. Paul Terry
John Terry might be considered a great soccer player, but the same cannot be said about his older brother, Paul, who played professionally for 13 years without ever being good enough to play for his country on the National team. In truth, the older Terry brother spent basically his entire career playing in lower-division teams, and while playing for the lowly Rushden & Diamond FC in 2011, he decided that it was a good idea to have an affair with the wife of Dale Roberts, the team’s goalie. Considering that his younger brother was embroiled in an affair the following year, you would think that Paul would know better, but that did not seem to be the case. And unfortunately for everyone involved, the entire ordeal ended rather tragically. After learning about the affair, Roberts was so distraught that he ended up taking his own life in December of that year.
11. Derek Fisher
If Tony Parker is a first ballot Hall of Famer, so is former point guard Derek Fisher who, over the course of a 19-year career, managed to become the NBA record holder for most playoff games played, a record that is bolstered by 5 championship wins. After retiring in 2014, Fisher decided to go into coaching, which did not go well at all, seeing as the New York Knicks were terrible while playing under him and he was fired barely two years into the job. In 2011, Fisher was teammates with small forward Matt Barnes, and four years later, the two former teammates got into a physical altercation when it was revealed that Fisher was seeing Barnes’ newly single ex-wife. Seeing as Barnes and his wife were divorced, there should not have been much of an issue. But in truth, Fisher had been seeing her since before the divorce was finalized, meaning that Barnes was still married to her when they started seeing each other.
10. Wayne Carey
Football is, without a doubt, the most popular sport in the United States; a statement that cannot be said in other places around the world. But just because millions do not watch American Football, does not mean that other countries do not play their own version of it. In Australia, they play what is known as Australian Football, which is played by two teams comprised of 22 individuals who compete on an oval-shaped field. Wayne Carey is regarded as the best Australian-rules football player of all time. But in 2002, he made a lot of people unhappy when news broke that he hooked up with a teammate’s wife in a bathroom during a team birthday party. Everyone at the party saw this happen, so Carey could not run away from it even though he technically did, seeing as he quit the team and went into self-imposed exile for an entire year to avoid the media.
9. Rafael Palmeiro
More than a decade ago, the integrity of Major League Baseball was forever stained by a major steroid scandal, one which implicated quite a few of the sport’s biggest names, including former first baseman Rafael Palmeiro. In terms of history, Palmeiro is one of only five players to get 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, which are numbers that would have seen him in the Hall of Fame already, had he not tested positive for the performance enhancer. It is true that he cheated, but that is not the only reason why he is disliked within the baseball community because, as it turns out, he was also a terrible teammate who had a track record of being incredibly selfish. Apparently, Palmeiro was accused of sleeping with the significant others of several teammates over the course of his career, including the wife of former second baseman Ryne Sandberg, an affair which caused Palmeiro to get traded from the Chicago Cubs in 1988.
8. Avisail Garcia
In baseball, you need to have a really good arm in order to play right field properly, and Avisail Garcia does have a good arm, because if he did not, then there is no way that he would currently be an everyday starter. For the past three years, Garcia has been playing for the Chicago White Sox, but he actually came into the league with the Detroit Tigers who traded him midway through the 2013 season after rumors began to circulate that he slept with teammate Prince Fielder‘s wife. There are those who claim that these rumors were nothing but rumors, but it seems kind of odd that so many things occurred shortly after the rumors broke, such as Garcia and Fielder getting into a fight in the team’s clubhouse, Garcia being traded, and Fielder filing for divorce. Plus, Fielder had a terrible offensive season that year, which another teammate attributed to him having to deal with personal issues off the field.
7. Golden Tate
In 2015, the Seattle Seahawks competed in their second straight Super Bowl, a game that they probably would have won, had they chosen to run the ball instead of throwing it with under 30 seconds left on the clock. That being said, though, it might have helped if Seattle still had wide receiver Golden Tate on the team, as he was incredibly valuable in the Seahawks’ championship win the year before. Tate is a good receiver and decided to leave Seattle as a free agent, but the Seahawks could have re-signed him if they wanted to. The only problem, though, was that Russell Wilson, the team’s quarterback, did not want him on the team anymore. The year that Tate left was also the year that Wilson got divorced from his first wife, and the reason behind the divorce was apparently because Wilson found out that Tate had been hooking up with her, something that Tate continues to deny.
6. Brendan Shanahan
As a player, Brendan Shanahan will go down as one of the best in history, as evidenced by his Hall of Fame induction in 2013. And based on how well the Toronto Maple Leafs are doing, it looks like he also knows how to properly run an entire team. At one point during his playing career, Shanahan found himself playing in St. Louis. While there, he scored a lot more than just goals as he also found himself scoring with a teammate’s wife. This affair took place during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season and involved the wife of Craig Janney. In response to it, the team’s General Manager at the time decided to trade Janney for Wayne Gretzky, a move that ultimately did nothing to help the team. In the end, Shanahan was traded from the team too, and in 1998, the truth of the affair became public knowledge after he married Janney’s ex.
5. Jason Richardson
Steve Nash is, without a doubt, one of the best athletes to ever come out of Canada, and in terms of basketball, he is, by far, the best basketball player that the country has produced. And like most Canadians, he is known for being a kindhearted individual. The former 2-time NBA MVP played virtually his entire career with the Phoenix Suns, with stints in both Dallas and Los Angeles along the way. Now, during his time with Phoenix, he had to endure being teammates with Jason Richardson, who allegedly hooked up with his wife in 2009. The following year, Nash and his wife filed for divorce shortly after the birth of their third child, a child that allegedly belonged to Richardson. But even though those rumors were proven untrue, the rumors about him hooking up with Nash’s wife persisted. That hookup would explain why Richardson was quickly traded after these rumors emerged, and why the Lakers refused to take Richardson in a trade in 2012 because Nash did not want him on the team.
4. John Harkes
Again, soccer is not very popular in the United States; a fact that is actually pretty ironic, considering that the country constantly finds itself competing in the World Cup every four years against the best teams in the world. The U.S. National team has been lucky to have some really good players on its roster, including former midfielder John Harkes, who was so good that the team’s coach at the time decided to not only name him captain of the team but “Captain for life” as well. As it turns out, though, that that title did not last long as Harkes was removed from the National team just a few months before the 1998 World Cup. When the coach was asked why, he said that Harkes had leadership issues. In 2010, we finally learned what those issues were, as Harkes’ former teammate, Eric Wynalda, admitted that Harkes had slept with his wife; an act which prompted his dismissal from the team.
3. Dave Martinez
A couple of entries ago, we talked about Rafael Palmeiro, who had apparently slept with Ryne Sandberg’s wife while both men played for the Chicago Cubs,. But as it turns out, the former Mrs. Sandberg really liked her ex-husband’s teammates. Based on multiple reports, the Cubs organization had a real problem with affairs during the late 1980’s, with Sandberg’s ex-wife being at the forefront of most of those rumors, as she was alleged to have hooked up with several of Sandberg’s former teammates and coaches. Aside from Palmeiro, outfielder Dave Martinez was the other named player in these affairs, and just like Palmeiro, he was quickly traded in order to keep the clubhouse from turning into a fighting pit. Obviously, Martinez is a douche for sleeping with his teammate’s wife, but it does not seem that the Cubs are worried about history repeating itself because Martinez now works for them again as a coach.
2. DeMarco Murray
Here we have DeMarco Murray, a running back who has managed to put up some fairly decent numbers during his NFL career; a career that has seen him play in Dallas, Philadelphia, and Tennessee. Now, compared to the other athletes who have appeared on this list, Murray is rather unique because even though he spent a combined 6 seasons in the NFL, he still has not slept with the wife or girlfriend of one of his teammates. However, that does not mean that he did not do so while in college. Before being drafted, Murray played for the University of Oklahoma, and while there, he did indeed have an affair with the wife of fellow Sooners running back Brennan Clay, who Murray actually mentored. Apparently, Clay had no idea about the affair and only learned about it after accidentally coming across some very inappropriate text messages on wife’s old cellphones.
1. Rick Manning
In 1977, Rick Manning played center field for the Cleveland Indians, and although he was rather young at the time, he was considered to be a super star player with a great career ahead of him. He was not the only great player that Cleveland had at the time, though, as they also had starting pitcher Dennis Eckersley, who was actually roommates with Manning during that year. Both players were good friends with one another, but that friendship did not stop Manning from sleeping with Eckersley’s wife behind his back; an affair that everyone on the team knew about except for Eckersley. The team knew that there would be big problems if both players remained on the team when Eckersley found out, so they decided to trade him away while keeping Manning. In the end, Manning did not have the great career that everyone thought he would, while Eckersley went on to become a Hall of Famer. And even though Manning went on to marry his former friend’s wife, that marriage ended in divorce as well.
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