Fans, models, and everyone in between swoon over athletes. They’re in shape, they’re successful, and people worship athletes who are on their favorite teams. But after reading about these cheaters, we’re not sure why anyone would want to get into a relationship with a professional athlete. Read up on the absolutely worst cheating athletes out there!
Tiger Woods Was Once The Greatest
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It seemed that Tiger Woods could literally do no wrong. He was one of the most well-known and talented figures in the history of golf, turning professional at the age of 20 and quickly becoming successful on the PGA tour. In fact, he was ranked number one in the world in less than a year on tour. In 2009, he also became one of the highest paid athletes of all time with an incredible net worth of $740 million.
Right in the middle of his career success in the 2000’s he took a break from golf to try to repair his failing marriage to his wife, professional Sweedish model Elin Nordegren. That’s when things started crumbling for the golf star.
Chased With His Own Golf Club, Crashes Car
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Everything came crashing down for Tiger Woods when the media found out about how frequently he cheated on his wife, Elin Nordegren. During their marriage, which lasted from 2004 to 2010, it was speculated that Tiger Woods had relations with more than a dozen women. The cheating scandal quickly made headlines when Nordegren went through his phone, caught him cheating, and chased Woods down their street with a golf club as he tried to drive away. He crashed into a tree and she smashed the windows with the golf club.
This infidelity scandal lost Woods most of his endorsement deals, including Gatorade. It was almost like a domino effect. Not only did he lose his wife and endorsements, it was like he lost his skills as well! Woods has not been the same ever since this went down.
The Black Mamba in Full Effect
Kobe Bryant is a retired American basketball player who is definitely one of the best champions to ever play the game. “The Black Mamba” was a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, leading them to many championships during his NBA career. He also has two gold Olympic medals to his name.
Bryant is the definition of hard work. His work ethic will forever inspire future NBA players and aspiring athletes. Once you adopt the Black Mamba mentality, you can do whatever you set your mind to. Just ask Bryant, he’ll be sure to let you know.
He Had to Play for his Life
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Kobe Bryant admitted to cheating on his wife Vanessa when a 19-year-old girl stated that Bryant had violated her. Even though the allegations weren’t true, this admittance proved that Bryant wasn’t faithful to his wife. Although he cheated, the couple is still together and have three children.
This whole situation would have been way worse if he was guilty of the charges. There was a running joke that Bryant played for his life the game after the charges were dropped. If he would have played poorly then fans may have thought he was guilty, but it seemed that things would be okay and his career would survive his bad decisions.
The Heartthrob Of Soccer
This handsome British player is the main reason that most Americans know anything about soccer. Beckham made his professional debut at the young age of 17, playing for Manchester United. He won the Premier League six times while on Manchester United, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Champions League in 1999. Beckham was the highest paid soccer athlete, with a salary of $50 million a year. His soccer career lasted two decades before he retired in 2013.
In 1999, he married his wife Victoria, a former Spice girl, and the power couple has four children together. A beautiful wife and family, a fortune between the two of them and a shining career, what could possibly go wrong?
Can we take his word for it?
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Posh and Becks have always seemed like the perfect couple, but there was definitely some trouble behind the scenes. In 2004, it was speculated that David Beckham had cheated on his wife Victoria Beckham with his assistant Rebecca Loos. He simply stated the allegations were “ludicrous,” but we can’t take his word for it. In 2016 Victoria was questioned by media about being jealous of the female attention her husband often receives, that she has said makes her uncomfortable.
Early 2017, David Beckham came out and said, “we all know marriage is difficult at times and it’s about working through it. Of course, you make mistakes over the years. Whenever we’ve come through tough times we talk.” It sounds like something may have gone down after all!
Oscar De La Hoya The Former Champ
Boxing is one the most lucrative sports out there, however, to some of those athletes it can definitely lead to a big ego. Oscar De La Hoya is a legendary professional boxer who was at the top of his game for over a decade, 1992-2008. He took on top opponents during his time like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosely. His fights were always worth watching because you knew he was going to come out and put on a show with his powerful combinations. However, this athlete is one of the worst cheaters on our list.
Not Trying To Hide His Problems
While his career was skyrocketing, behind the scenes, Oscar De La Hoya made some bad choices that led to a crumbling personal life. In September of 2000, his fiancee and mother of one of his daughters broke off their engagement. Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler was watching the Latin Grammy Awards when she saw her husband on the screen with another woman.
He’s also had problems with his current wife, Millie Corretjer, as was revealed when he told a camera crew, “Guess what? I’m single!” at the end of 2016 when spotted outside a nightclub in Los Angeles. We hope the couple can work it out for the sake of their three children.
Jason Kidd, The Epitome Of A Point Guard
Jason Kidd is an American basketball coach and former player for the NBA. During his years as a pro, he played for teams like the New York Nicks and the Dallas Mavericks. As of right now, he is the coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. Kidd was easily regarded as one of the top point guards to ever play the game. When he retired, Kidd ranked second on the NBA all-time lists in career assists and steals, and was ranked seventh for three pointers, making him a well-rounded player that everyone wanted on their team. But as his career was taking off, he found himself in trouble.
Kidd’s Anger Issues Arise
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Even though he is one heck of a basketball player, Kidd gambled it all when accusations of domestic abuse and assault led to his arrest in 2001. Jason Kidd had been married to his wife for four years when he pled guilty to assault. His ex-wife Joumana reported that Kidd beat her up, including smashing her head into the car console which damaged her hearing. She also claimed he broke her rib.
During their divorce hearings, Kidd claimed Joumana was insanely jealous and paranoid, and often accused him of cheating. One time, Joumana had her son steal Kidd’s phone from the locker room so she could go through his texts.
One Of The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time
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NFL Quarterback Tom Brady led his team, the New England Patriots, to five Super Bowl Championships and has been named MVP of the Super Bowl three times. Their 2017 Super Bowl victory propelled Brady to be ranked as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. The comeback he led against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI was one for the books and no one saw it coming. It is argued that only Brady could have pulled that come back off. He has numerous awards to his name, including NFL Player Of The Year, twice.
A Messy Situation
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In 2007, while Tom Brady was dating actress Bridget Moynahan, it was speculated that he was having an affair with the supermodel Gisele Bündchen. The worst part is that Moynahan was three months pregnant with their child when this athlete decided to leave her for a model! This also caused problems with his new relationship with Bundchen, as it’s hard to come to terms that another woman is pregnant with your man’s baby. Now married, Gisele and Brady raise their two kids and share custody of Brady’s son Jack, with Moynahan. This is one story that seemed to turn out okay in the end!
Deion Sanders AKA Primetime
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Deion Sanders is one of the greatest athletes on our list and has actually played two professional sports. So talented! This former professional football player and baseball player has now retired and works as an analyst for professional football these days. But, he loves the women — and many different women.
Sanders was so good that his nickname was Primetime. He had a 4.27 40 speed which is off the charts fast. When it was time to score, he would do his signature high step into the red zone that has been mimicked by all types of players in every sport.
Deion Sanders was supposedly caught cheating on his second wife Pilar Biggers-Sanders with a nineteen-year-old girl. This cheating allegation was part of the drama that ensued when Deion filed for divorce from Pilar. However, Deion Sanders won custody of their two sons in the end.
“Pilar and I have decided to end our marriage and move on to the next phase of our individual lives with mutual respect,” said Primetime. “We are friends and our top priority has and will continue to be the well-being of our children.” Well, at the least the children are the main focus.
Paul Lo Duca Struggled, Then Used Steroids
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When Paul Anthony Lo Duca was in college, he was a great player. Winning MVP awards and becoming a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award. But when he made the switch to the big leagues he struggled a bit. Spending many years in the minor leagues and even played overseas in Australia. Eventually, he made it to the major leagues and ended up playing for four different teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Florida Marlins. He even made it onto the 2006 All Star Team.
However, the following year, Lo Duca’s name appeared on the Mitchell Report as an athlete taking performance enhancing drugs, getting a prescription from Kirk Radomski, who supplied steroids for several professional athletes. Then, it got even worse for Lo Duca.
Cheating In Work And Life
Lo Duca and his wife, Sonia Flores Lo Duca, had some serious trouble in paradise during the summer of 2007. The former Playboy model leaked to The New York Post that the Duca was cheating on her with a young woman, which led her to file for divorce. The 19 year old woman was revealed as Krista Guterman, who met Lo Duca at a pickup bar. He told her he was divorced, and the two started hooking up.
“I didn’t know he was married,” said the teenage mistress. “If I knew he was married, I wouldn’t have dated him. He’s a scumbag for lying to me. He’s a fun guy. He has a good personality. We’re good friends. We still talk a lot on the phone.”
The Troublesome Wayne Rooney
We don’t understand why anyone would even get with Wayne Rooney, let alone cheat with him. This guy is actually one of the most famous British soccer players and is a featured player for the Premier League team Manchester United. He is also the captain of United, and the English national team. He is also the record goalscorer for United so he has put in the work and has the accolades to command respect from his soccer peers. What did he do to end up this list? Let’s find out, shall we?
Rooney Asks for Forgiveness
Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen Rooney were married in 2008 after six years of dating, but their long-term relationship wasn’t safe from his cheating scandals. In 2010, Helen Wood claimed that Wayne Rooney paid her 1,000 pounds to have a threesome with him and Jennifer Thompson in a Manchester hotel. Yikes.
“Foolish as it now seems I did on occasions visit massage parlors and prostitutes,” said the player. “I now regret it deeply and hope people may understand that it was the sort of mistake you make when you’re young and stupid.”
Brandon Prust Slips Five Times!
Brandon Prust is the only hockey player on our list. He’s a Canadian NHL star. This athlete is now signed to the Toronto Maple Leafs but was formally a Montreal Canadian. No matter which team he goes to, he’s still a dirty cheater!
On June 22, 2015, Prust got engaged to his girlfriend Maripier Morin. The couple had been dating since 2010 and had become quite famous due to her job as a television personality. However, it was rumored that this NHL star has been with over five different women in the meantime! Who knows what will happen to their engagement?
Kevin Garnett AKA The Big Ticket
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Kevin Garnett is an American basketball player who is most famous for playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Garnett led the Timberwolves to eight consecutive playoff appearances and is one of their top scorers. He also has one Olympic gold medal, which he earned at the 2000 Sydney games.
During the latter half of his career, he played for several different teams trying to win more rings but ultimately ended up with only one. He is one of the best power forwards to play and commands respect in basketball communities. He now has his own TV show called Area 21. So what exactly did he do? See next.
Not Very Sly
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In July 2004, Garnett married his longtime girlfriend Brandi Padilla, but their marriage has been insanely rocky. In 2013, Garnett was spotted out on a date with model Annie Silvestri as they held hands in a shopping mall. Garnett has also been known to have a wandering eye and flirtatious ways. In 2011, photos of him hugging another woman also hit the web and that caused quite a stir. To this day, the marriage is still intact. They are set to celebrate their twelve year marriage anniversary soon. Maybe he’s clean.
Cristiano Ronaldo: Player, Player
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Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the top footballers in the world. With a net worth of $45 million, Ronaldo is at the top of the game and has a mansion in Madrid to prove it. The Real Madrid and Portugal star is easily one of the best soccer players in the world, but also one of the most annoying. He led Portugal to win the Euros in 2016 but was a sour sport when he didn’t score the winning goal. He won the award for The Best FIFA Men’s Player beating out Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. The debate for the best soccer player always revolves around this guy and there is no secret why.
Ronaldo and the Playmate!
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk began dating and everyone thought that this couple would make it. She was a beautiful Victoria Secret’s model and he was a gorgeous king of soccer, but, he blew it. After five years of dating and getting engaged, Ronaldo had an affair with Playboy bunny Daniella Chavez during their relationship, and the beautiful couple called it quits. As suspected, he still had a wandering eye (and plenty of women sending risque photos to his phone) and wasn’t ready to get married, even to a supermodel.
“Like any normal person I want to get married, but it’s a very important step,” Ronaldo said during the time of their breakup. “I’m young and I’m not ready yet.” Should have thought about that before you proposed!
Chris Webber: Living Legend
Chris Webber is one of the best athletes out there. The Detroit native is a five-time All Star NBA player, and a former basketball rookie of the year. Webber was also apart of the infamous Fab Five time in college at the University of Michigan. He’s the one who cost his team the game when he called a timeout but the team had no more so that granted the opposite team free throws. That is something he will always live with. After retiring from the NBA, Webber became an analyst and announcer for professional basketball. But, he’s not necessarily someone to look up to in all realms of life.
3 Women, 99 Problems
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Even though he was a great talent on the court, that doesn’t mean he could get away with cheating. Webber was definitely playing the field and was reportedly dating many different women at one time. He was rumored to have dated Tyra Banks, Nia Long, and Brandy — all at once. He must have been busy!
The question at hand is, were these ladies okay with the fact that Webber was living out a fantasy with all of them at the same time or were they unaware of it? Any man would love to date them all, but no woman wants to be strung along in that way.
Reggie Bush Had It All
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Reggie Bush definitely had the chance of a lifetime and he most definitely blew it! Back when he was at USC playing college ball, there was no stopping this dynamic player. The majority of the time, if you gave him the ball, it was going to become a highlight play for ESPN to air later that night. Reggie Bush was a legend at USC, winning a Heisman Trophy and receiving All American honors, twice. He was drafted in 2007 by the New Orleans Saints, the second pick overall. However, we just can’t forgive him for this relationship mess-up.
Bush Does The Unthinkable
Why would you ever cheat on Kim Kardashian? Well, that’s exactly what this player did. The couple was introduced to each other by their mutual friend La La Anthony and everyone thought that the relationship was paradise. However, pictures surfaced of Reggie meeting up with a Kim look-a-like for dates and dancing.
But to flip the script, it seems that they were in fact made for each other because Kim had cheated on Bush with Kanye West (her now husband) while she was with Bush. No one is saying that neither of their actions was justifiable but they should not be pointing fingers.
Carmelo Anthony in La La Land
Speaking of La La Anthony, Carmelo’s estranged wife isn’t too happy these days. The couple made headlines in April 2017 after seven years of marriage when it was revealed that Anthony hadn’t been faithful to La La in a big way.
You can’t take away the fact that Anthony is one of the best players in this generation. The only thing that separates him from the rest of the elites is a championship. His infidelity is something that can’t be erased but his legacy can last forever if he cements himself as a great by winning a ring. See what happened what La La now.
Gentlemen’s Club Dancer Pregnant
The couple separated shortly after it was uncovered that a woman who danced at a gentlemen’s club in New York City was pregnant with Anthony’s child. La La and Carmelo haven’t announced plans for divorce as of yet, but it looks to be on the horizon for the celebrity couple who share a 10-year-old son together.
Why on Earth would Anthony even do this? How anyone in his position falls for traps like this. Either they have no care for their relationship anymore or they were completely not in their right mind. Whatever the case may be, it is irresponsible and unprofessional.
Ashley Cole Knows No Bounds
Ashley Cole was one of the best soccer players out there, but he did have some skeletons in his closet. Cole is a British soccer player who is currently playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He was previously a well-known player for the rival English Premier teams Arsenal and Chelsea. See what he did next.
Why Do This To Her?
Ashley Cole and Cheryl Tweedy from Girls Aloud married in September 2004. Even though it seemed that all was well in paradise, it was actually discovered that Cole left his wife ten different times during their marriage. He also cheated on her with random club and bar groupies.
A source close to Cheryl revealed that Cole reached out to her when she had her newborn and it brought tears to her eyes. “He wished Cheryl and Liam only happiness in their future,” the source said. “He told Cheryl how lucky her son is to have her and he always knew she’d make an amazing mom.”
John Terry The Aggressive Footballer
John Terry is another soccer star from across the pond with some dirty deeds up his sleeve. Terry is one of the players for the British Premier League Team Chelsea and has been their on-and-off-again captain. This switch keeps happening due to his involvement in some questionable things happening off the field.
Regardless of his off the field antics, his talent is undeniable. He is a furious defender and is known for his physical play and aggressive tackling. He also has a good hunch at reading the game. He is often argued to be the greatest central defenders of his generation. He not only betrayed his wife but his teammate too.
Even though Terry is married, it was speculated that he had a four-month affair with Vanessa Perroncel. Perroncel was actually the girlfriend of Wayne Bridge, his former Chelsea teammate. Not only did Terry cheat, but he also cheated with a friend’s girl. Now that’s just all types of low.
When the reports first came out, Terry was more concerned with his family than realizing what he had done. “My primary concern is the welfare of my son,” he said. “Therefore, I intend to make no comment whatsoever either now or in the future about these reports and ask that my privacy is respected.” Sounds like he needs to learn a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T himeself.
Hopefully Nick Young Keeps His Drama Off The Court
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Nick Young aka Swaggy P is an American basketball player, who now plays for the Golden State Warriors. He has been on the team since 2017 and chose them over staying with the Los Angeles Lakers. Young wants to get a championship ring before his career is all said and done. So it isn’t a bad idea to team up with Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Steph Curry. His first legitimate chase for a ring beings when the 2017-2018 season kicks off. However, he is also a cheater and hopefully, he doesn’t bring any drama to the Golden State.
A Confession Caught on Tape
Nick Young and rapper Iggy Azalea started dating in 2014 and became engaged to each other on June 1, 2015. It’s no secret that Young is known as the goofball of the NBA. He loves parading around and just being himself. While playing for the Lakers, Young made friends with D’Angelo Russell. One day the two were together in a hotel room for a road game and Russell asked Young if he had slept with any of Azalea’s friends. Young boldly responded that he didn’t sleep with her close friends but people she might have known. That is when Russell revealed that he was recording him for his Snapchat story!
Tony Parker The French Menace
Tony Parker is a French basketball player who inherited some really good genes. His father was also a basketball player, but Parker has far surpassed his dad in the sport. Parker Jr. currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs and has been with them since 2001. The four-time champion has won all of his rings with the Spurs and is in the NBA Hall Of Fame. Without him, you can argue the Spurs may not have those rings. Parker had five rings but that was before he did this with his former wife Eva Longoria…
Tony Parker and Eva Longoria were the perfect couple. He’s tall, dark and handsome and she was the beautiful and supportive wife who was always on the sidelines during his games. However, when the tabloids leaked that Parker was caught red-handed with model Alexandra Paressant, Longoria decided it was time to get a divorce.
“It wasn’t about who he chose,” Longoria said. “I mean, I had moments of, ‘Am I not sexy enough? Am I not pretty enough? Am I not smart enough?’ But in so many of those questions, I immediately stopped and said, ‘No, don’t start doing that.’ Because you can get stuck in a cycle.” The couple divorced in 2011.
Lamar Odom Cheats Death Too
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It’s easy to say that Lamar Odom has had a seriously difficult life. Odom was a player for the Los Angeles Lakers before he tumbled into a dark spiral. When Odom was in his prime playing for the Lakers, he was the second best player behind Kobe Bryant. There was nothing he couldn’t do on that court. Then, Odom began to turn to drugs and that is when his life was at serious risk. He most recently played for Saski Baskonia, which is a basketball team in Spain, but he has not been fit to play the game lately.
Lamar Cheats, Ends Up Hospitalized
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It seemed that Lamar Odom and Khloé Kardashian were totally and truly in love. However, allegations of Lamar’s cheating and drinking problem became too much for Khloé and they split up, although they were still legally married. Odom took a turn for the worse when in 2015 he was hospitalized in a coma due to a cocaine overdose in a brothel. Khloé and Lamar are still talking, however, we don’t think they’ll be getting back together anytime soon. Odom has certainly seen better days but it’s good to know that Khloe still cares enough about him to be there for him.
Kenny Anderson the Journeyman
Kenny Anderson is a retired basketball player who was once one of the best. The point guard played for many different teams including the New Jersey Nets, the Charlotte Hornets, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Boston Celtics, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Today you can see this guy commentating for professional games.
During his third year in the NBA he produced his highest points per game and assists per game which led him to become an All-Star for the first time. He played the role of point guard well, communicating with his team members and motivating everyone to work together.
Father Of Eight Children And Bankrupt
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Even though Kenny Anderson was charismatic and appeared to be a loyal guy, he was a cheater just the same. Anderson is actually the father of eight children by five women, and he has a long history of infidelity. Most famously, he was caught cheating on his wife Tami Roman. Roman says she appeared on the television series Basketball Wives because she felt like her side of their marriage, as a basketball player’s wife, was not well represented. She also said that once they got the divorce that she had to go to government assistance to help with her children. Maybe that’s because although Anderon earned $63 million during his NBA career, he ended up filing for bankruptcy in 2005.