The NBA: Where tawdry happens. Looking at some of the league's legendary off-court affairs -- from Tony Parker's "sexting" with a teammate's wife to the rumored affair between Delonte West and LeBron James' mother to Wilt Chamberlain's conquests.ï»¿
The woman was apparently a guest in Smith's Milwaukee hotel room; the Knicks were in town to play the Bucks. The would go on to lose that game, the fourth in a losing streak that, as of March 14, has reached six straight.
Vanessa Bryant - Kobe Bryant's wife of ten years - filed for divorce in December 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. That's sort of shocking, considering the fact that they were able to reconcile after Kobe was charged with sexual assault in 2003. (Kobe gave his wife a ring reportedly worth $4 million after that situation was resolved.)
So what finally put Mrs. Bryant over the edge? According to reports, Kobe had an average of ten affairs per year during the marriage. While that doesn't approach Wilt Chamberlain territory, 100 is still a very impressive number. (Insert joke about "volume scorers" here.)
According to a number of reports, the couple does not have a prenuptial agreement.
During the 2010 NBA Playoffs, the rumor mill was rife with stories that troubled Cavaliers guard Delonte West had an affair with Gloria James - LeBron James' mother. The story was given as one explanation for James' poor performance during the Cavs' second-round playoff series against the Celtics. Could this be one reason why LBJ decided to take his talent to South Beach?
Malone was accused of making a pass at Mrs. Kobe Bryant at a Laker game in 2004. According to the story, Vanessa Bryant -- noting Malone's hat and boots -- asked "What you hunting, cowboy?" To which Malone responded, "I'm hunting for little Mexican girls."
Bryant was something less than thrilled at his ex-teammate's remarks.
Masha Lopatova - wife of Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko - told ESPN the Magazine that she allows her husband to sleep with another woman once a year. Apparently a fair number of NBA husbands exercise the same privilege -- but more often, and without permission.
Fathering illegitimate children isn't exclusive to the NBA, but a few basketball stars raised it to an art form. For a time, Shawn Kemp -- father to seven children by six different women -- was the standard-bearer, but hall-of-famer Calvin Murphy was later revealed to have 14 kids by nine different women. (Murphy was also accused of molesting five of his daughters, but acquitted.)
The 2001 trial of Steven E. Kaplan had everything you'd want from an episode of Law & Order... strippers, mob ties, and a parade of NBA superstars -- most notably, Patrick Ewing -- testifying about the "services" they'd received at the notorious Atlanta strip joint "The Gold Club."