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The 15 Biggest Mama’s Boys in Sports

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The 15 Biggest Mama’s Boys in Sports

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Even rich and famous athletes have mothers they love. Through the easy times, scandals and everything in-between, these stars can always turn to their mother for advice, inspiration and forgiveness. Here are the 15 biggest mama’s boys in sports and all the ways they profess their love for their mom.

15. Tiger Woods

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15. Tiger Woods

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While Tiger’s father got all the attention, it has always been his mother, Kultida, who he has leaned on. It was his mother who embraced him after the infamous press conference dealing with his marital infidelity. Kultida defended Tiger, saying: “Mom will always be there for you and I love you. People don’t understand that Tiger has a very good heart and soul.” He also likes porn stars, but haters gonna hate, right?

14. Floyd Mayweather

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14. Floyd Mayweather

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Floyd “retired” for about two years until his mom, Deborah, apparently embarrassed him back into fighting. Maybe she could embarrass him into fighting Manny Pacquiao instead of wasting that energy on domestic abuse.

13. Matthew Stafford

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13. Matthew Stafford

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As a big-time NFL player, you’d think the least of Stafford’s concerns would be the use of vulgar language, but apparently not. His mom, Margaret, heard the QB swearing after a shoulder injury and was not pleased about it. “I’m still his mom and need to remind him to watch his language,” she told the Detroit Free Press. Use Irish Spring, Margaret; it leaves a nice aftertaste.

12. Clinton Portis

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12. Clinton Portis

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The former NFL star loves his mom, a lot. Talking about his mom, Rhonnel, to ESPN Magazine, he said: “That’s my heart…she’s everything to me.” And the crowd goes “aww.” He called her every day in college and even took her to prom. “Aww.”

11. JaVale McGee

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11. JaVale McGee

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JaVale’s mother, Pamela, a former WNBA player, acts as JaVale’s business manager, confidant, life coach, girlfriend adviser and is an overall steady influence. The two even star in their own reality show “Mom’s Got Game". It all seems very respectful, so in a world where athletes only care about getting paid, it seems JaVale at least has his priorities straight.

10. Patrick Kane

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10. Patrick Kane

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When Kane needed saving from being a recurring TMZ headline, it was mom, Donna, who came to the rescue. She joined her son in Switzerland during the NHL’s most recent lockout, and Kane went from partying hard to eating Kraft macaroni and cheese and reading books for fun. She played the hockey mom reigning in her son's indiscretions.

9. Ndamukong Suh

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9. Ndamukong Suh

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The most vilified player in the NFL who hasn’t been to prison isn’t so much a mama’s boy as he is a family oriented one. He lives at home in the offseason, and his sister, Ngum, is his manager, scheduler and overall gatekeeper. His mom, Bernadette, defended her son, telling GQ: “They’re saying my son is angry… This child is blessed. He has nothing to be angry about.”

8. Kenneth Faried

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8. Kenneth Faried

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Faried made headlines becoming the first NBA player to join Athlete Alley, an organization devoted to fighting homophobia in sports. Faried was raised by two moms who were married in 2007, and he believes in equality. In an article on Huffington Post, he said: “Nobody can ever tell me I can’t have two mothers…I have two moms and I love them both very much. I respect, honor and support them in every way.”

7. Michael Oher

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7. Michael Oher

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Seriously, the relationship he has with his adoptive mother, Leigh Ann Tuohy, was turned into a movie, so you know it’s a heartwarming story. She was one of the first people to embrace him after he won the Super Bowl while playing for the Baltimore Ravens. Leigh Ann was also with him when he was drafted, so wherever he goes, she goes. She has his blind side.

6. Lionel Messi

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6. Lionel Messi

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He loves his mom, Celia, so much that he’s been fined for wearing “happy birthday mum” t-shirts on the pitch and has her portrait tattooed on his back. She apparently chases away girlfriends while wielding a frying pan and hurling insults. Messi never misses an opportunity to honor his mom, and that is pure mama’s boy material -- or he's obsessively attached.

5. Mario Balotelli

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5. Mario Balotelli

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Another soccer player, but it makes sense because mama’s boys would be the world’s greatest floppers. Mario, adopted at the age of three by his mother, Silvia, apparently couldn’t go to sleep as a young boy without holding her hand. He also dedicated the Euro 2012 victory to her saying: “I waited for this moment for so long and I wanted to make my mum happy,” as reported in The Guardian.

4. Victor Cruz

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4. Victor Cruz

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Anytime you star in a series of Campbell’s Soup commercials with your mom, you have mama’s boy potential on your hands. Cruz did just that with mom Bianca. She also appears frequently in pictures on his Facebook page, on red carpets and she was the first person he thanked after winning Super Bowl XLVI with the New York Giants. She has salsa danced her way into his heart.

3. Kevin Durant

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3. Kevin Durant

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His mother, Wanda, is Durant’s No. 1 cheerleader, and even in the most difficult of times like a Game 7 of the NBA Playoffs, when he sees his mom, she relaxes him. Wanda said of her son: “He’s been like this since he was a baby. Always humble. Low-key, generous, considerate of others.” At least LeBron can’t steal the MVP for mama’s boy.

2. LeBron James

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2. LeBron James

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Oh, no he didn’t! LeBron just has to steal Durant’s thunder. When there’s video of your mom, Gloria, involving herself, pushing an opposing player after a foul and you need to verbally tell her to sit down, you might be a mama’s boy. If only she could have convinced her son not to do “The Decision” he might be liked and respected instead of hated, but respected.

1. Michael Phelps

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1. Michael Phelps

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Phelps’ mother, Debbie, follows her son everywhere. Probably because she gets front row seats at the Olympics because he is a Greek God among swimmers, but she also does it out of love and never misses an event. She has been the positive influence in his whole life, and rumor has it Phelps won’t date anyone woman unless his mother approves. She might also be the driving force behind his most recent comeback, and for that America thanks you Debbie