Cheating isn’t anything new, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay. Our advice? Either stay loyal or break it off. If you have something on the side, it can only end in disaster. Here are five NBA players that paid for their infidelity, and what we can learn from their mistakes (and not getting caught isn’t one of them).
It can get very public, very quickly
Social media gives all of us a voice, and if you jilt the wrong person, you can find out just how loud that voice can be—even if you’re a regular guy. While the allegations (widely publicized on Twitter) that All-Star Kevin Durant was having a relationship outside his engagement with a model named Mercedes turned out to be a hoax, Cleveland Cavs guard Daniel Gibson had to face public scorn after his R&B singer wife, Keyshia Cole, began regularly tweeting her suspicions that he was cheating on her. He denied it, but according to corroborating tweets, he was often seen in a Houston strip club making it rain on the stripper with whom he is allegedly having an affair. This episode ended in a messy divorce.
Your cheating affects more than just her
When you cheat, you’ll end up hurting more people than just her. Her friends and family aren’t going to take what you did lightly. In some cases, it pays to end the relationship on more honest terms, especially in the case of Paul George. The Indiana Pacers player has recently been caught up in allegations (CAUTION: NOT WORK SAFE) that he’s gotten a Miami stripper named Daniela pregnant at a yacht party whilst cheating on his girlfriend. It may sound cut and dry, but his girlfriend, Callie Rivers, calls L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers pop. Earning the scorn of an NBA big wig is more than just water under a bridge, and only goes to prove our point.
The past can come back to haunt you
Not too long ago, Dwyane Wade made his move and proposed to his on-again, off-again actress girlfriend, Gabrielle Union. However, the celebration was short-lived, as just days after they were engaged, confirmed news broke that the Miami Heat guard had fathered a love child while the two were taking a break from their relationship. There could not have been worse timing on Wade’s part, as Union had to find out about his third child the hard way—he already has two from a previous marriage with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Wade—and broke it off. Since, Union has gotten back together with Wade, but they’re no longer set to marry.
No matter how sneaky you are, you will be found out
You may not have the media watching your every move, but friends, family and coworkers can and will notice any cheating behaviour—and they will break the news. NBC associate producer Stacey Klein posted a message on Instagram claiming that LeBron James—who had just recently wed his new wife, Savannah Brinson—“asked a girl for her number, right in front of me.” James would later counter the claim with a statement that the ask was related to a “business venture.” Klein has since deleted her post. This doesn’t prove that James is the cheating sort, but it does go to show how quickly one can find themselves under a microscope when suspicions are aroused.
You will lose
Lamar Odom may have made some arguably bigger mistakes (DUIs are nothing to downplay), but after allegations of drug abuse and cheating ended his marriage with Khloe Kardashian, he was left with no source of income and little to no career. As they say, one mistake leads to another. Now, Odom is trying to pick up the pieces and get a fresh start in Spain.