20 Athletes Hanging with A-List Stars
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
Instagram ID: dangerrusswilson
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
Instagram ID: serenawilliams
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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
Instagram ID: russwest44
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
Ryan Gomes, NBA Free Agent
James Ihedigbo, Detroit Lions
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
McKayla Maroney, Olympic Gymnast
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
Michael Phelps and Conor Dwyer, Olympic Swimmers
Instagram ID: m_phelps00
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
Usain Bolt, Olympic Sprinter
Tony Hawk, Skateboarder
Instagram ID: tonyhawk
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
Instagram ID: therealrickiefowler
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
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
Ryan Lochte, Olympic Swimmer
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
Instagram ID: floydmayweather
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.