20 Athletes Hanging with A-List Stars

Amber Lee@@BlamberrSports Lists Lead WriterSeptember 2, 2014

20 Athletes Hanging with A-List Stars

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    It's may not be written in stone, but there is most definitely a celebrity pecking order that dictates the social circles of the rich and famous.

    Fame comes in many flavors, and star athletes usually fall somewhere between reality show villains and movie stars who consistently land top billing on summer blockbusters.

    And there's certainly nothing wrong with finding yourself comfortably in the middle of a list filled with far worse options.

    But like any social order in life, no matter how large or small, people tend to organize themselves accordingly; which is why Brad Pitt inevitably coupled with Angelina Jolie, and Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. shows up places with Justin Bieber.

    Not that there aren't exceptions, of course. Even the most A-list of A-list celebs would be easily starstruck by an athlete as transcendental as Michael Jordan, and Tom Brady is, well, living the supermodel dream.

    But for most athletes, when the paparazzi show up, they're snapping photos of a couple of middling list neighbors—like your not-quite-as-big-a-deal-anymore pop stars or an actor whose hit sitcom is in syndication somewhere between 100-200 on cable.

    However, when athletes are seen canoodling with A-listers, it's hard not to take notice; and after the flash-bulbs pop, the gossip pages often do.

    These are athletes hanging with A-List stars.

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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    Instagram ID: dangerrusswilson

    Caption: That hat= Style @pharrell with my my sis @awils5 and I

    Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has become a celebrity in his own right since leading Seattle to its first Super Bowl championship back in February. In addition to getting “Happy” with Pharrell recently, earlier this year he rubbed elbows with comedian Joel McHale at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. 

Serena Williams, Tennis

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    Instagram ID: serenawilliams

    Caption: [No caption]

    Honestly, considering the 15 years of cinematic plagues he’s unleashed on this country, it’s hard to believe Adam Sandler qualifies as A-list anymore. But people keep paying him boatloads and other people keep showing up at the theaters. That being said, Serena Williams can do better. 

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Instagram ID: russwest44

    Caption: No caption needed!!! @voguemagazine #nyfw #ss14 #fashionking #fashionqueen #blessed

    After rocking countless headline-making outfits arriving at games and in postgame press conferences, at this point everyone knows that Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook’s interest in fashion isn’t a passing phase. That explains why he’s hanging out with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. 

Mike Tyson, Retired Boxer

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    Instagram ID: miketyson

    Caption: #throwback with Tupac

    Though it’s been years since he retired from boxing, a look at Mike Tyson’s Instagram page proves he’s still got plenty of celebrity admirers. Though none quite on the level of Tupac...or Michael Jackson back in his heyday. 

Ryan Gomes, NBA Free Agent

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    Instagram ID: gotgomes

    Caption: With Rihanna

    Free-agent baller Ryan Gomes is the envy of throngs of Rihanna fans everywhere, getting that up close and personal with the bad girl herself. 

James Ihedigbo, Detroit Lions

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    Instagram ID: diggz32

    Caption: STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE HERE!!!@drake

    Well, this is no surprise. Canadian rapper type/super duper fanboy of every sport and athlete ever Drake hanging with Lions safety James Ihedigbo. 

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Instagram ID: justinbieber

    Caption: Brunch @easymoneysniper (via @shots)

    Though it always hurts to see one of our favorite athletes hanging out with the Canadian troublemaker known as Justin Bieber, something about seeing him with Kevin Durant stings just a little bit more than usual. 

Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

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    Instagram: vernondavis85

    Caption: The best of the best, jay z and Frankie g. #sanjose #swag

    Niners running back Frank Gore looks acceptably impressed being in the presence of rap royalty like Jay-Z. Of course, the Jigga Man could use some work on his impressed face. 

McKayla Maroney, Olympic Gymnast

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    Instagram ID: mckaylamaroney

    Caption: Jared Leto>>>> Ignore my doll makeup... It's for his new music video !!

    [Insert obligatory McKayla Maroney is impressed line here]

    Cheap joke as it may be, it’s also obviously true. Can’t blame her for being impressed, hanging with the likes of Jared Leto and even Jason Segel

Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

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    Instagram ID: torreysmithwr

    Caption: Creeping on Marilyn Monroe..this is how it really goes though [three crying laughing emoji faces] #guycode

    It may be just a wax statue of late screen goddess Marilyn Monroe, but Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith definitely likes what he sees. 

Michael Phelps and Conor Dwyer, Olympic Swimmers

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    Instagram ID: m_phelps00

    Caption: Fun night .... Sick show .... @c_dwyer

    American Olympic swimmer Conor Dwyer would do well to stick with star-magnet Michael Phelps—he’s got all the celebrity of Ryan Lochte, but you know the conversation is better. Here are Phelps and Dwyer hanging with the one and only Justin Timberlake at a concert. 

Josh Cribbs, Cleveland Browns

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    Instagram ID: joshcribbs16

    Caption: Me & Betty White outside our dressing room! She is the Best:)

    Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs is the best because he recognizes that Betty White is the best. She is, was, and will forever be A-list. 

Usain Bolt, Olympic Sprinter

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    Instagram ID: usainbolt 

    Caption: Chilling with the master of making things happen@iamdiddy

    Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has been hanging out with Diddy recently. Let’s just hope that doesn’t mean he has a rap album forthcoming. 

Tony Hawk, Skateboarder

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    Instagram ID: tonyhawk

    Caption: SYD-LAX, superstar section. HUGE fan, and grateful that he supports @tonyhawkfoundation

    Although my personal preference is Marky Mark, from the Funky Bunch days, there’s no question that Mark Wahlberg, the serious actor type, is more modern-era A-list. He and Tony Hawk coming together is a lot of combined star power. 

Rickie Fowler, PGA

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    Instagram ID: therealrickiefowler 

    Caption: With my boy @iamjamiefoxx out on the links...we be getting some serious work in!

    For a guy who has yet to win his first major, PGA pro Rickie Fowler has more star power than most of the guys on the tour. Seriously—you’re never going to see Ernie Els hanging with an A-lister like Jamie Foxx. 

Victor Cruz, New York Giants and Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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    Instagram ID: kaepernick7

    Caption: [No caption]

    Only 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick could manage to upstage the likes of Selena Gomez with nothing more than a ridiculously flashy outfit. She and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz are just playing for second. 

Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets

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    Instagram ID: dwill8

    Caption: Chillin w/ the Prez

    Nets point guard Deron Williams hanging with the only A-list ex-president we’ve had in quite awhile. Something about that thankless job makes us never want to see these guys again. 

Ryan Lochte, Olympic Swimmer

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    Instagram ID: ryanlochte

    Caption: Me and Miley Sirus. I-Heart music festival

    From the looks of his Instagram page, the only thing Ryan Lochte has been doing since the 2012 Olympics in London is hanging out with celebrities. Between Nicole Kidman, Sylvester Stallone and Lil Wayne—just to name a few—it was tough to choose. In the end, though, it was Miley Cyrus…it was always Miley. 

Floyd Mayweather, Boxer

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    Instagram ID: floydmayweather

    Caption: Back to the Future with @realmikefoxthemoneyteam.com

    Despite his rather long history of very ugly behavior and legal problems, boxer Floyd Mayweather has as much star power as any athlete in the world. His Instagram account is jam-packed with A-list celebrity photo ops, like this one with Michael J. Fox. 

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Instagram ID: kingjames

    Caption: Jay, @baddiebey, @savannahrb & myself. #Clique #itsjustdifferent #grownandsexy

    LeBron James. Jay-Z. Beyonce. That is like a holy trinity of A-list star power. Miss Savannah’s presence is the only thing preventing the world from collapsing on itself.