Wife Swap: The NBA Edition
NBA Players Rumored To Think Swapping WAGs (And A Mom) Is Cool
By: Corby Yarbrough | 6/9/11, 8:00 AM EDT
Silvia Lopez Castro (Getty Images)
We all know LeBron's having his troubles on the court, but now there appears to be some problems off the court, too. Rumor has it that Rashard Lewis is messing around with LeBron's girl. Everyone involved denies it, but this certainly isn't the first time we've seen something like this go down.
Here are our seven favorite rumors about NBA teammates who liked to share more than just the basketball.
Shannon Brown with Pau Gasol’s Girlfriend
The rumor: The first rumor was that Gasol stunk in the playoffs because he recently broke up with his girlfriend, Silvia Lopez Castro. Then word circulated that Castro dumped Gasol because of something Kobe Bryant’s wife said to her. And then? Well, we’ll leave it to Shannon Brown’s Twitter feed: “Ok let me put a end to this right now before it goes any further. I DID NOT SLEEP WITH @paugasolwoman!!! First and last time addressing it!”
Our verdict: We’re not sure who slept with who, but we’re positive Shannon Brown has the worst publicist in the NBA.
Jason Richardson with Steve Nash’s Wife
The rumor: Steve Nash got divorced from his wife the day after she gave birth to their third child because he didn’t think the child was his. Apparently Nash saw the child and knew immediately from the color of the newborn’s skin that it wasn’t Canadian – or white. Then the basketball blogosphere damn near exploded when word got out that the father might be Nash’s ex-teammate Jason Richardson’s.
Our Verdict: The baby is whiter than Wayne Gretzky and Nash Tweeted a good luck message to Richardson in this year’s playoffs, so yeah, internet stories aren’t always “accurate.” (But they are “awesome.”)
Tony Parker with Brent Barry’s Wife
The rumor: Eva Longoria wasn’t enough for Parker, who started messing around with Brent Barry’s wife, Erin. Hundreds of texts between Parker and Erin set off the Parker-Longoria divorce, which then in turn tore apart the Barrys. Some basketball analysts consider it the most impressive double-double of Parker’s career.
Our Verdict: Parker is French.
Shaquille O’Neal with Gilbert Arenas’ Fiance
The rumor: These two were never teammates, but they did play on three All-Star teams together, so we’ll include them here. A leaked trail of e-mails linked the Big Philanderer to Laura Govan, who was Arenas’ fiance at the time. In one of the exchanges, Govan said she would meet with Shaq "as long as u taste me and make me cum LOL." Arenas was certainly not LOLing when he broke it off with Govan.
Our Verdict: We still don’t get how it’s physically possible for Shaq to have sex with anything smaller than a hippopotamus.
Delonte West with LeBron James’ Mom
The rumor: The Cavs flameout in the 2010 playoffs was because Delonte West had been sleeping with LeBron James’ mom. Word got to LeBron in the middle of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals and the MVP and the Cavs immediately fell apart. LeBron then left Cleveland, joined D-Wade in Miami and completely shifted the balance of power in the NBA.
Our Verdict: Cavs fans are PISSED.
Karl Malone with Kobe Bryant’s Wife
The rumor: The season after Malone made his last, desperate attempt at winning an NBA championship by riding Kobe Bryant’s coattails, he tried to ride another Bryant. At a Lakers game in his first year of retirement, Malone, who was wearing a cowboy hat at the time, turned on the charm with phrases directed at Vanessa Bryant such as, “I'm hunting for little Mexican girls.”
Our Verdict: If that happened this season, “I’m hunting for little Mexican girls” would be the most photoshopped sports meme since Cigar Guy.
Jason Kidd, Jimmy Jackson and Toni Braxton
The rumor: In the mid-90s, Jason Kidd, Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn were dubbed the Three J’s and were supposed to return the Dallas Mavericks to prominence in the Western Conference. Instead, Braxton got between two of the Js on a road trip. Apparently Braxton was supposed to go on a date with Kidd in Atlanta, but when she went to the hotel to meet up with him, she left with Jackson instead.
Our Verdict: The Three J’s? That sounds like something you’d get your best friend on his bachelor party in Tijuana.
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