By Jordan Wevers @JordanWevers on April 25, 2014
Win a Super Bowl. Check. Attend Spring Training with a MLB team. Check. Get divorced. Check. It's been a busy 90 days for Russell Wilson. He claims he saw Jesus in a dream when he was 14, and has been a devout Christian ever since. So where does divorcing your wife after barely two years of marriage file under the category "biblical conviction?" 'Til death do you part, Rusty. Here are ten other athletes famous for not grasping that concept.
Parker has four NBA championships under his belt, and one divorce. He married actress Eva Longoria on July 6, 2007. Their entire relationship was very much in the public eye. The divorce was finalized on January 28, 2011. The couple have no children, yet Longoria (whose personal net worth is estimated at $ 35 million), initially seeked spousal support from the courts. What a loving, independent and wholesome woman.
Prime Time has a combined five children with two ex-wives. Custody battles ensued after the divorces, and yada yada yada, he is now dating businesswoman Tracey Edmonds. She is the ex-wife of both Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and more recently and unofficially, to actor Eddie Murphy.
Austin’s third wife, former WWE Diva Debra Marshall, was found hysterical by police and covered in bruises at the couples residence back in summer of 2002. Austin was charged with domestic abuse, which Marshall blamed on roid rage. Stone Cold pled no contest to the charges, was slapped on the wrist with probation, and filed for divorce a month after the incident.
Canseco met his second wife, Jessica, while she was a waitress at Hooters in Cleveland, OH. They married and divorced in less than three years time. Previous to that, he was married to a woman named Esther for three years. Both women cited domestic abuse as reasoning for the respective divorces, which aligns well with theories behind roid rage.
Iverson is terrible with his money. Excluding endorsement deals, he has made over $ 150 million in pro basketball contracts in his lifetime. Divorce documents in 2012 from estranged wife Tawanna revealed his income to be 62K per month at the time, but his expenses were upwards of 350K per month. In court, Tawanna accused the Answer of cheating, harassing her family and hiding assets.
A-Rod married psychology graduate Cynthia Scurtis in 2002. Since then, multiple reports from the tabloids and newspapers reported him cheating on his now ex-wife with anyone from strippers to hairdressers to pop icon Madonna. Cynthia filed for divorce in July of 2008.
Johnson has four children, none of which are from a previous marriage. He married reality star Evelyn Lozada on July 4 of 2012. A month later he was arrested for charges of domestic battery, and Lozada filed for divorce on August 14, 2012.
The Hulkster did an admirable job of holding together his 24 year marriage to ex-wife, Linda. The divorce was expensive, and he is now married to a woman named Jennifer McDaniel, whom he began dating in 2008. In 2012, a sex tape of Hogan and a different woman named Heather Clem was leaked to the internet.
Flair is 65-years old. He married his first wife in 1971 and fathered two children with her. Fast forward roughly 40 years and four divorces later, and the Nature Boy has a girlfriend he met on a reality show called Celebrity Wife Swap. Sounds real promising, Ric…
Mr. Norman does very well for himself being mostly out of the golf spotlight these days. The entrepreneur now runs Great White Shark Enterprises. His divorce to Laura Andrassy in 2006 cost him a cool $ 105 million settlement. He then married tennis player Chris Evert, and divorced her less than two years later.
His 56 game hit streak will likely never be broken. However, Joltin' Joe's streak of keeping the vows made to your wife aren't tough to beat. He married actress Dorothy Arnold in 1939, had a kid and divorced her by 1944. Following that he met Marilyn Monroe, and they eloped in 1954. She filed for divorce 274 days after their union. He never married again. Reportedly, the Yankee Clipper's dying words were: "I'll finally get to see Marilyn."
A real mess on the field in a Chargers uniform, Leaf has had multiple run-ins with the law off the field. He's a mess all around. To top everything off, the knuckle head married a San Diego Chargers cheerleader, Nicole Lucia in 2001. They separated in 2003 and eventually divorced. Maybe Nicole had a thing for Peyton Manning?
First off, he married a stripper. That's kind of a red flag. He had three children with wife Anna, who was never shy with the media about their intimate details. Anna filed for divorce after seven years of marriage in 2006, citing an "irretrievably broken" marriage but later withdrew the petition. In 2012, Kris served her with divorce papers. Your turn. Okay wait, my turn.
A renowned philanderer, alcohol abuser and drug user -- but dang could "Long John" stroke a golf ball. His first marriage ended after he allegedly threw then wife Bettye Fulford into a wall. During his second marriage to Sherrie Miller, he was supposedly attacked by her with a steak knife. She ended up serving time. I mean, that is a horrible blazer John, but was it really worthy of a criminal offense? I guess so.
Outside of being a cheat who betrayed the hearts and faiths of millions, the Livestrong guy married Kristin Richard in 1998. After fathering three children with her, they divorced in 2003, the same year Lance began dating singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. Lance proposed, Sheryl said yes and their engagement was announced in 2005. The rest is history, because in the very near future circa 2007, Armstrong began dating designer Tory Burch.
This one is too easy. Pornstars, publicized explicit text message conversations, The National Enquirer... the list goes on for Eldrick. The real question is, how soon into his marriage to Elin Nordegren did it become an absolute sham? Their "union" lasted about six years, and Elin struck it rich after divorcing the once prolific golfer.
MJ was wed to Juanita Vanoy from 1989 to 2006. Only people in their inner circle probably know exactly how much of those 17 years were legitimate. It is rumoured Juanita put up with Jordan's ways because of the lifestyle it afforded her. In the end, the divorce afforded her a lot as well. At the time, she reportedly received a record breaking settlement of $168 million, beating out the likes of Steven Spielberg and Paul McCartney's exes.
In 2010, Cole was voted the "Most Hated Man in Britain" in a poll by 3,000 UK women. What more needs to be said? He married singer Cheryl Tweedy in 2006. After not five, not six, but seven allegations of adultery -- Tweedy divorced Cole in 2010. He then went on to publish an autobiography, which was criticized by former teammate Jens Lehmann because Cole was only 25 years old at the time. Congrats Ashley, you're now in a class with Justin Bieber.
How is it that a man can control an entire league to the tune of winning five NBA championships, but when it comes to self restraint with a 19-year-old female hotel employee, he allegedly fails miserably? Kobe married Vanessa Laine in 2001, two years before the scandal broke. Neither of his parents or his two sisters attended the wedding. After a lot of unnecessary media attention and crocodile tears, they have been on and off ever since.
After all the controversies, outbursts, addictions and that ridiculous tattoo, Mike has actually done a pretty decent job at rejuvenating his public image. He has been married three times, and fathered six surviving children by several women. Mike married actress Robin Givens in 1988, and after a miscarriage and reports of spousal abuse, the two divorced 372 days later. Givens claimed around $10 million in settlement funds.
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