Divorces in the world of professional basketball are always on the media’s radar due to the wealth and fame of those involved. However, some divorces can turn especially ugly given the circumstances. Here are the most notable splits of the 2013-14 season—and the newly-single WAGs worth looking into.
Janner and Malaysia Pargo
Given that reality television ratings regularly eclipse those of hard news these days, this may be one of the most high-profile divorces to take place. Basketball Wives LA cast member Malaysia Pargo filed for divorce from Jannero Pargo of the Charlotte Hornets. Eight years of marriage are destined to end due to “irreconcilable differences” between the two. They’ve been legally separated since the end of 2012, and she’s hoping to take their three kids plus spousal support. Rumours are already suggesting that she’s moved on to rapper Mase, with whom a source says she has a “spiritual” connection.
Donald and Shelly Sterling
For some people, a divorce is less a romantic falling out and more a calculated business transaction. The NBA is alleging that disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s impending divorce with his wife, Shelly, is a legal manoeuvre designed to keep the team under the Sterling name. The news that Shelly, Sterling’s wife of 50 years, has signed divorce papers came just after the league began its concerted effort to force him to give up the team when recordings of him allegedly making racist remarks took media by storm. Shelly claims that she has been mulling the idea of divorcing Sterling for roughly 20 years, but her financial advisor told her it wasn’t the right time. Regardless, the NBA has the right to boot her, too, if the vote comes down to it.
Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric
Arguably one of the most beautiful models ever to grace the Planet Earth is now on the market after five years of marriage to former Memphis Grizzlies player Marko Jaric. Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima and the Italian baller announced the split—with few supporting details, citing familial privacy—at the beginning of this month. The former couple have two kids together.
Raymond and Ariane Felton
The Knicks don’t have the best track record (see below). Guard Raymond Felton and his wife, Ariane, failed to work out the details of their divorce settlement in court last week. Although the proceedings are ending with a relative whimper (they wouldn’t even acknowledge each other during the meeting), the divorce was set in motion with a bang. A week after Ariane filed for divorce alleging that Felton had cheated on her, she told the cops he had been brandishing a handgun during an argument. He was later arrested for allegedly owning an unregistered firearm, a case that’s headed for criminal court.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian
This particular divorce went nuclear last winter after Lamar Odom was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. Amid allegations of his substance abuse and questionably behaviour, it was just the motivation the famous-for-being-famous Khloe Kardashian needed to push the divorce from the realm of speculation to reality. After four years of marriage and a billion paparazzi snaps later, Kardashian got her name back, while Odom disappeared for a while. In April, Odom was re-signed by the New York Knicks.