Alex Rodriguez and 10 Other Athletes Who Love PDA
Photo via NY Daily News
According to the NY Daily News, Alex Rodriguez spent the holidays with new girlfriend Torrie Wilson in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. A-Rod was spotted at a Axiom Fitness by a local news anchor, but declined a photo, insisting, "I'm trying to keep a low profile."
Less than two weeks later, the Yankees slugger was maintaining his low profile while smooching Wilson courtside at a Lakers game—the pair were sitting with friends Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber. Making out courtside at a Lakers game while sitting next to the most famous supermodel in history is definitely the best way to stay under the radar.
Who is this guy trying to kid? We all know that A-Rod loves him some A-Rod and prefers when all eyes are on him. If there's anything Mr. September has learned in the last few years, it's that there's no better way to attract attention than making out with a hot blonde in public.
A-Rod isn't the only athlete who is fond of headline-grabbing PDA. Here are 10 other athletes who prefer an audience.
A-Rod's courtside make-out "sesh" wasn't the first time his canoodling attracted attention. In Feb. 2011, he was spotted being hand-fed popcorn at the Super Bowl by then girlfriend, actress Cameron Diaz.
A-Rod was reportedly furious about the moment being broadcasted to 111 million viewers and "went ballistic" on the spot, making FOX promise to keep the cameras off him and Diaz for the rest of the game.
10. Marko Jaric and Adriana Lima
Victoria's Secret's sexiest angel, Adriana Lima, began dating basketball player Marko Jaric in late Nov. 2007; the pair married a little over a year later on Valentine's Day.
Since then, they've popped up at sporting events, beaches and red carpets all over the world—each time, Lima breaks hearts by hanging off her husband and kissing him playfully.
9. Justin Blackmon and Mariel Dunlap
After defeating Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma State star receiver Justin Blackmon's first order of business was planting one on his girlfriend, Mariel Dunlap, one the team's cheerleaders.
8. Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki
PGA golfer Rory McIlroy has been dating tennis star Caroline Wozniacki for a few months, and the two can't seem to keep their hands off each other.
They've been appearing together at events all over the world, but it was this kiss in Aug. 2011 that really attracted attention. Wozniacki was competing in the New Haven Open at Yale University, and McIlroy was on hand to cheer her on.
Wozniacki won her match and advanced to the finals, and McIlroy congratulated her with a very public kiss. Yahoo! Sports reporter Chris Chase said this moment was "the happiest I've ever seen a group of guys over a kiss involving other people."
Ahh, to be young again.
7. Jan Vesely and Eva Kodouskova
In June 2011, Czech basketball player Jan Vesely was selected No. 6 overall by the Washington Wizards. Before heading to the stage for the traditional photo-op, Vesely and girlfriend Eva Kodouskova shared this much-buzzed-about kiss.
6. Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly
On-again-off-again couple Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly are most certainly on again. In Dec. 2011, the Yankees slugger was spotted kissing his favorite actress on the streets of Paris.
There have been rumors of a reconciliation for months, but their romantic getaway to the City of Love is the first photographic evidence. Jeter and Kelly were never shy about PDA before their split in late summer 2011, and it seems nothing has changed.
Something tells me that Ms. Minka is more likely to receive a diamond from the Jeet than one of his notorious gift baskets.
5. The Beckhams
Soccer star David Beckham and wife Victoria have been married for over a decade. The pair have weathered countless rumors of divorce and infidelity, but it seems they still can't keep their hands off each other.
Posh and Becks appeared in steamy underwear ads for Emporio Armani in 2009 and are generally draped on one another in public—when they aren't tending to their four children.
4. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen seem to be surgically attached at the lips. They engage in the kind of PDA that makes most people groan and roll their eyes—unless the parties involved are beautiful and famous.
This photo (see left) was taken at Carnival in 2011. The couple, as always, is engaging in the kind of behavior that is best saved for the bedroom.
I'm sure that Tommy Terrific's sister wishes they would save some for later. (She's the woman seated next to the couple trying to ignore her brother being groped in public.)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk
Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and model girlfriend Irina Shayk have been referred to as "Mr. and Mrs. PDA." The pair are one of the most famous couples in sports, and their "hands on" approach to their relationship has been well documented.
2. Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias
Former tennis player Anna Kournikova has been dating pop star Enrique Iglesias since appearing in one of his videos in 2001. The pair have been very secretive about their marital status and rarely discuss their relationship in a public forum.
They've been substantially less secretive about it in terms of PDA, however. Kournikova and Iglesias have been together for 11 years, but still behave like a couple of teenagers in love.
Based in Miami, the pair have been spotted over the last decade making out at the beach, courtside at Miami Heat games and at various red carpet events.
1. David Nelson and Kelsi Reich
In a game against the Cowboys in Nov. 2011, Bills wide receiver David Nelson scored a touchdown and ran clear across the field to give the ball (and a hug) to girlfriend Kelsi Reich, a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
The moment became one of the most-buzzed-about sports stories of the year, although the adorable couple has a history of PDA. I foresee a walk down the aisle for these two in 2012.