Teammates are supposed to be able to rely on each other to help out their fellow player in the world of professional sports. Being a teammate is like getting ready to go into battle, as each player has the other’s back. Without this type of loyalty and trust, no team is able to succeed. Sometimes, however, there are really bad teammates that are found on even the most successful of teams. These teammates are seen as terrible usually for selfish reasons like money or personal fame. One of the worst things a player can do to his teammate is get involved in their personal life and affairs. Here are a few NFL and MLB players who have breached their teammates’ trust to get with their wives.
DeMarco Murray has had quite a career trajectory during his time in the NFL. He went from being a star with the Dallas Cowboys, to the most coveted free agent running back in football, to a flop with the Philadelphia Eagles to working to get his career back on track with the Tennessee Titans. Looking away from his success on the field, Murray has recently had some offseason issues that he has had to work out. One of the oddest stories to emerge about Murray, however, came way back in 2014 before his career took off. In December of that year, a former teammate of Murray at the University of Oklahoma came out and claimed that the running back slept with his wife and that he was going to file for a divorce. His former teammate, Brennan Clay, was a running back that was mentored by Murray at Oklahoma. Clay claims to have not known of any relationship between the two until coming across his wife’s old cell phones.Those phones contained multiple inappropriate messages between Murray and Clay’s wife. Clay changed his statement, eventually apologizing to Murray, claiming that he had made a mistake in a tweet and that his wife did not sleep with Murray. Despite the denials, there was a lot of smoke for a few weeks and we may never know what really happened between Murray and Clay’s wife, if anything at all.
Joe Horn is mostly remembered as one of the best wide receivers to ever play for the New Orleans Saints. Before they became Super Bowl contenders and the darlings of the NFL, the Saints were one of the worst teams in the league. Horn led those teams as their number one receiver, but was also known for his antics on and off the field, most notably when he pulled out a cellphone from underneath the goal posts to celebrate scoring a touchdown. Horn has also been accused of infidelity with his former teammates, but with another interesting twist. After the 2000 season in New Orleans, rumors spread like wildfire that offensive lineman Willie Roaf’s wife had a daughter that was not Roaf’s at all. The rumors claimed that Horn had impregnated Roaf’s wife during the season and that the baby was really his. The rumors went on for months and even coaches were asking Saints Head Coach Jim Haslett what the situation was. Following that, the rumors were filled with silence on both sides until Roaf came out and declared his daughter to be his biologically. Horn also said that he’s made mistakes, but this was one mistake that he did not make. While it has been settled that Horn did not father a daughter with Roaf’s wife, the affair itself is another story entirely.
A more contemporary example of cheating happened in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers. This was a year of lot of hope for the Tigers, as they were expected to contend for the World Series. Prince Fielder had been signed to a nine-year deal worth over $200 million to play with the Tigers, they had Miguel Cabrera in his prime and Detroit’s number one prospect, Avisail Garcia, was on his way to the majors. Little did the Tigers know, all three of these players would become part of a huge clubhouse drama involving Fielder’s wife. According to sources, Garcia was sleeping with Fielder’s wife after he arrived in the majors that season and the affair carried on for months. It was not that much of a secret and Cabrera found out what was going on between the two. In an effort to reconcile the problem, Cabrera called out Garcia in the locker room and this caused a fight between Fielder and Garcia to break out in which Cabrera re-aggravated an injury. After this incident, the Tigers quickly traded Garcia in a three-team deal and Fielder was then traded that offseason, so that both sides could get a change of scenery. Despite the change, Garcia hasn’t lived up to his Miguel Cabrera comparison and Fielder has had career low numbers for the Texas Rangers.
The Cubs had a lot of problems with affairs during the end of the 1980s. Already discussed in this article is the rumor that Rafael Palmeiro was sleeping with Cubs’ star Ryne Sandberg’s wife, and possibly others, but there are similar allegations that have been placed against former outfielder Dave Martinez. Martinez was a star with the Cubs but was traded during the 1988 season for inexplicable reasons while having another strong, productive season in Chicago. Later, it has been reported that just like Palmeiro, Martinez was having an intimate affair with Sandberg’s wife, Cindy. According to the sources, the Cubs, in a desperate attempt to keep the club chemistry from failing and keep their star second baseman happy, traded Martinez to Montreal. While none of these reports have been confirmed, there are even more former players and coaches that have reportedly slept with Cindy Sandberg. It is widely believed that Sandberg retired and was divorced because of this promiscuous behavior. And, in an ironic twist of fate, both players, Martinez and Sandberg later interviewed for the Cubs’ managerial position and did not get the job.
Colin Kaepernick has been a big subject of the media recently because of his stance on racism and refusal to stand for the national anthem, but this isn’t the first time he has been part of a huge media controversy. Years ago, when he was the starting quarterback with the 49ers, Kaepernick was living high on top of the world in San Francisco and apparently the fame got to his head, as he crossed some boundaries with former teammate Aldon Smith. Smith was the starting linebacker in San Francisco at the time and was in a serious relationship with MTV star Nessa. That was until Kaepernick entered the scene. According to the rumors, Kaepernick began a relationship with Nessa while the two were still dating and Smith was one of his teammates. This cultivated with Smith and Kaepernick both getting into a fight on the field during practice. This issue was settled with Smith making Nessa his ex and Kaepernick beginning to date the star. Both players have gone downhill since this event, as Smith was also dumped by the 49ers and is now suspended with the Raiders while Kaepernick has lost his edge and is now the backup quarterback in San Francisco.
The number one example of messing with a teammate’s wife comes from the Cleveland Indians in 1977. The Indians had a super star center fielder in Rick Manning already tearing up the majors. That year, another star was ready to bloom in the form of pitcher Dennis Eckersley. Eckersley made the All-Star game that season and was well on the rise to becoming Cleveland’s new ace. Eckersley and Manning were good friends on the field and roommates off of it that year, but that all changed when the team discovered that Manning was sleeping with Eckersley’s wife behind his back. The team found out before Eckersley did and they ended up in a sticky locker room situation if both players remained on the roster. The Indians made a fateful decision, choosing to trade Eckersley away and keep Manning. This ended up being a terrible mistake for the Indians organization. Soon after the trade, Manning dropped off in his production and the players the Indians acquired for Eckersley did not amount to anything in the major leagues. Eckersley, of course, would move past the situation and end up becoming one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game. So not only did this affair cause a great deal of turmoil, it also caused one of the worst trades in MLB history.