Sports icons who cheated on their wives

Infidelity is one sure way to break up a marriage or to damage it beyond repair. Thankfully, some of these sports stars were able to pick up the pieces after cheating on their wives. From boxer Oscar De La Hoya coming clean about some scandalous photos to golfer Tiger Woods being outed as perhaps the most famous adulterer in sports history, find out which infamous cheaters made our list.

Kobe Bryant

In June 2003, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was at the top of his game when a night in a Vail, Colo. resort would forever change his path. 

Bryant allegedly had a sexual encounter with a 19-year-old woman who worked at the hotel. His wife, Vanessa Bryant, and first child, were not with him on the trip. According to CNN, the teenager filed a police complaint the day after the alleged encounter and Bryant was subsequently charged with sexual assault, which could have landed him in jail for life if convicted. 

"I didn't force her to do anything against her will," a 24-year-old Kobe said during a press conference. "I'm innocent. You know. I sit here in front of you guys furious at myself. Disgusted at myself for making a mistake of adultery."

A year later, the case against Kobe was dropped after the alleged victim refused to testify in the trial. She did, however, file a civil case against him, reported The Huffington Post. That suit was settled behind closed doors.

The stress of the time period weighed heavily on Bryant and his wife. In 2015, he shouldered the blame for the miscarriage Vanessa suffered during the trial. "We were expecting," he said in a documentary called Kobe Bryant's Muse. "Expecting our second child during that time and there was just so much stress… I have a real hard time dealing with that 'cause I felt like it was just my fault."

Chad Ochocinco

In August 2012, one month after tying the knot, NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (now known as Chad Johnson) and wife Evelyn Lozada reportedly got into a terrible squabble over a receipt for a box of condoms. According to TMZ, the argument grew so heated Ochocinco allegedly head-butted Lozada, leaving her with a three-inch laceration on her head. "I don't give a f**k! I don't give a f**k about my career!" he allegedly shouted during the fight.

After the spat, Lozada reportedly fled to a neighbor's house to seek safety. Ochocinco was arrested and booked on domestic violence charges, though he claimed Lozada head-butted him first. Ochocinco and Lozada divorced a month later, according to People.

While suspected infidelity was at the center of this dispute, Lozada apparently turned a blind eye to the possibility while they were engaged. When asked if she worried about the Cincinnatti Bengal cheating on her, she told Latina in 2010. "It's not something that I worry about because if I did, I would go crazy. I really feel like that's not something I can control. So if it happens, then it happens."

Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony and wife La La Anthony were once #couplegoals. Their union was well-documented on reality TV, and they certainly became a fixture on the New York City social scene. All that came to an abrupt end in April 2017 when tabloids began claiming the small forward had been unfaithful to his wife of seven years and even knocked up a stripper. Soon after, the couple announced its separation.

While neither side have publicly discussed the alleged infidelity, the press has been hounding La La and her son, Kyan. "You kind of get used to it. What can you do? My mom always says, 'Worry when people don't care about you.' And that's what I tell myself," La La told Extra. "We're that interesting that people want to know what we're doing." As for their son, La La said she lies to him, saying the paparazzi is following them to get fashion shots for magazines. "I kind of try to make it fun for him so he doesn't view it as a negative thing," she said. "We explain it in a way that works for a 10-year-old."

At the time of this writing, the couple has not filed for divorce. "Not right now," La La told talk show host Wendy WIlliams. "You know marriages are tough."

Tiger Woods

In November 2009, Tiger Woods' reputation was turned upside down when his wife of five years, model Elin Nordegren, reportedly discovered he'd been unfaithful through texts on his phone. Nordegren supposedly chased Woods out of the house with a golf club. He sped off in his vehicle but crashed into a fire hydrant outside their home. According to a Yahoo timeline of events, that fender bender was the catalyst that brought forward dozens of alleged mistresses from Wood's past. 

He later issued a statement apologizing for his "sins." Woods said, in part, "I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves." According to the New York Post, Woods carried out as many as 120 affairs during his marriage. Following the big reveal, he checked into a sex-addiction clinic.

Years later, when asked what he regrets from his past, Woods didn't mention his cheating scandal. "The only regret I have in life is not spending another year at Stanford [University]," he told journalist Charlie Rose in 2016 (via Entertainment Tonight). "I wish I would've had one more year." When pushed further about his cheating, he said, "All the things I've been through, yes. They've been tough, but they've been great for me… But I wish I would've gone one more year at Stanford." 

Dwayne Wade

NBA shooter Dwayne Wade and actress Gabrielle Union found themselves in a very Ross and Rachel-like situation that played out like a storyline on Friends. As this story goes, Wade and Union had been dating for quite some time when they decided to take a break, and during that break, Wade fathered a son with another woman, according to Entertainment Tonight

Wade was reportedly well-acquainted with his baby's mother well before the pregnancy. In December 2013, a month after the little one was born, Wade proposed to Union, and she actually said yes. 

Wade addressed his faults in a "Woman Crush Wednesday" post dedicated to Union in 2014. "My #WCW my #beautifulblackqueen," he posted. "My Life mistakes gave me you and my life mistakes almost made me lose you but your love has conquered all and I hope to spend the rest of my life with you."

Lamar Odom

Former basketball great Lamar Odom's drug problems and infidelity helped fuel the demise of his marriage to reality star Khloé Kardashian. The pair tied the knot in 2009 and officially divorced in 2016, after a slew of scandalous headlines, including Odom's drug bender that nearly left him dead in 2015. 

In 2017, the former Los Angeles Lakers star came clean about his roaming eyes to Us Weekly, noting that the reality show Khloé & Lamar "opened this gate up with other women who probably wouldn't have been interested in me. When I became Khloé Kardash­ian's man and on TV, it made me look more enticing. People who didn't even know basketball would approach me because they knew Lammy." 

He said the exposure was a curse. "B**ches and THOTs came out of the woodwork. If there is one thing I regret when I was married, it was having multiple affairs with different women. That wasn't the stand-up thing to do. I wish I could have kept my d**k in my pants."

Jason Kidd

Former New Jersey Nets player Jason Kidd had his dirty laundry aired by his wife of 10 years, Joumana Kidd. When they divorced in 2007, Jason claimed she was emotionally unstable, but she alleged he was a massive cheater who stepping out with strippers, drank too much, and abused her. (He was arrested in 2001 for domestic violence against Joumana.) 

In a tell-all piece with Metropolis Nights Magazine (via the New York Daily News), Joumana recalled a time when she used their son to uncover Jason's infidelity. As the story goes, in December 2006, she allegedly got their son to lift Jason's phone from the locker room so she could comb through its text messages and yell at him from her court-side seats during a game. 

"I will say that most women put in that position would have acted the same way, or at least wanted to," she told the magazine. "Plus, it was blown up into something way bigger than it was. It was just his lawyers trying to paint a picture of me crossing boundaries and they did a good job of it. But it was far from the truth. And, it wasn't as dramatic and amazing as they made it sound, although I kind of wish it was."

Tony Parker

In November 2010, point guard Tony Parker's three-year marriage to actress Eva Longoria ended amid claims he was unfaithful

"It wasn't about who he chose. I mean, I had moments of, 'Am I not sexy enough? Am I not pretty enough? Am I not smart enough?'" Longoria said on the Lifetime series "The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet," (via Page Six). "But in so many of those questions, I immediately stopped and said, 'No, don't start doing that.' Because you can get stuck in that cycle."

The San Antonio Spurs star never addressed his alleged infidelity, but Longoria broke her silence with Piers Morgan in 2011, just months after their divorce was finalized. "So many people want me to hate him, want me to destroy him," she said. "But I don't, I wish nothing but the best for him. I want him to be happy. He's not a bad person. I do believe in forgiving and forgetting." Longoria added, "I do not regret getting married, nor do I regret getting divorced."

Chipper Jones

Atlanta Braves baseball star Chipper Jones wrote in detail about the time he decided to come clean about his affairs to his wife, Karin Luise. In his 2017 memoir, Ballplayer, he describes an agonizing drive home to share the heartbreaking news. 

"She sat down and started welling up right away. She knew what was coming; she just didn't know the depth of it," he wrote (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). "'Karin,' I said. 'This is killing me and I've got to get it out… I've been having affairs with three girls: the girl from LA; a girl from Atlanta; and a girl from Detroit… I've been having these affairs since the beginning of the season… The girl from Detroit, Jennifer, is pregnant. And she's going to have the baby."

Jones described 30 minutes of subsequent chaos, crying, and shattered glass flying around their Georgia home. Then came a moment of silence. He wrote, "She walked into my office and sat on the arm of the chaise lounge beside me. She leaned into me. We sat there in silence for a long time. 'I'm so sorry,' I said." 

"'I don't know where this is going to take us,'" she reportedly said. "'I love you, and we'll see what the future holds.'" 

That future held a divorce and another side of the story. "It is deeply troubling to me that the stories in this book regarding my relationships with Chipper have been twisted and filled with hurtful inaccuracies and convenient omissions to benefit the author," Luise told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "God knows the truth, and that is all that matters."

Oscar De La Hoya

In 2007, boxer Oscar De La Hoya found himself in a quandary when a stripper posted photos of him wearing fishnet stocks, panties, and heels. The images immediately let everyone know, including his wife, that he had been messing around. 

At the time, "The Golden Boy" refused to admit it was him in the snaps. According to the Daily Mail, his spokesperson flat-out denied the authenticity of the photos, saying, "His head's too small and it doesn't even look like his body."

The reputation of the woman who posted the snaps, Milana Dravnel, was allegedly smeared by the boxer's team in an effort to discredit her and the photos. Dravnel filed a lawsuit against De La Hoya, which was settled behind closed doors. though sources told the New York Post that he "shelled out a whopping $20 million" to make her "go away."

Fast forward four years later: De La Hoya came clean in an emotional interview with Univision (via the New York Post). "Let me to tell you, yes, yes, it was me," he said, claiming he was drunk and high on cocaine during the photo shoot. "I am tired now of lying, of lying to the public and of lying to myself." The fighter said he'd cheated on his wife, Millie Corretjer, whom he married in 2001. "We are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful." he said.

As of 2016, De La Hoya was reportedly a bachelor again.

Hank Baskett

A sexual encounter with two transgender women threatened to destroy the marriage NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett and model Kendra Wilkinson. 

The incident occurred in 2014 while Wilkinson was eight months pregnant, the couple told People. As the story goes, Basket wanted to buy marijuana from a random couple and was given an address to make the purchase. After using the restroom at the location, he claimed to have seen, "something I thought I would never see in my life." He supposedly witnessed two trans women, one of which was nude, making out with each other. One of the women reportedly fondled Baskett over his clothes. "I didn't engage in anything," he said. "It was like a bank robbery. You never know when you'll freeze. I don't know if it was a couple of seconds or 15 seconds, because all I was saying was get out, get out, get out."

Basket and Wilkinson worked hard to rebuild their union, and they eventually reconciled. "Hank was very naïve and gullible," she told People in 2015. "He thinks everybody is his friend. That led him to the hell that we've lived."