Some players see their decline based on several factors like age or a new team/system that didn’t fit their style of play. For others, unfortunately, the sources of their demise were none other than their supposed soul mates.
In our countdown below, we take a look at the top 10 athletes who have been through the worst of times – professionally and personally – because of a rocky relationship with a fiendish woman. And if you’ve been on top of such events over the past decade or so, you probably already know that one wealthy and renowned family of socialites was the root of several superstars’ downfalls.
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The Top 10 Athletes That Were Ruined by Their Significant Others
10. Steve Nash
Ok, so Steve Nash didn’t really see that big of a drop in his numbers after his now infamous incident with his ex-wife Alejandra, but their story is so messed up that it deserved at least the tenth spot on our countdown.
On November of 2010, the couple gave birth to their third child, Matteo Joel. However, there was something off little MJ… he was born black.
The last time we checked, Steve was Caucasian, and Alejandra was of Hispanic heritage. Considering the odds of these two conceiving an African-American son together are virtually impossible, Nash was obviously furious about the news and filed for a divorce the day after Alejandra gave birth.
9. Matt Kemp
In 2009, then-Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp started seeing Pop/R&B artist Rihanna. Kemp’s output had a spell of mediocrity while they were an item, and soon after split with the Barbadian babe.
Apparently, hitting that Ri-Ri booty badly affected how he put up ribbies on the diamond. Kemp was later voted second in the NL MVP race in 2011 (.324, 39 HRs, 126 RBIs, 40 stolen bases), which happened to be the season after he and Rihanna called it quits.