You Do? The 10 Weirdest Marriages In Sports
Yes, love is in the air, and so is marriage. And I'm not just talking about Jim and Pam finally getting married after four seasons of longing glances and inside jokes.
After just a month of being together, Lamar Odom and Kloe Kardashian tied the knot last week. You would think that this sort of marriage would only be possible in L.A., but as it turns out, there have been plenty of bizarre athlete marriages that made the rest of the world scratch their heads.
I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that I too am taking the plunge. In less than two weeks I'll be a married man. So in honor of the wedding mania that's going on, here are The 10 Weirdest Athlete Marriages.
Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe
Although it seems like this would have been a fairly normal case of two famous people marrying each other, it was odd because the two were at completely different times in their lives.
Joltin' Joe had just retired, and Monroe was on her way to becoming the biggest star in Hollywood. Their relationship was as tumultuous as it was short. Monroe filed for divorce less than a year into the marriage.
The two set the standard for a whirlwind romance and breakup way before Odom and Kardashian will inevitably break up a few months from now.
Mike Tyson & Robin Givens
In 1988, movie star Robin Givens married Mike Tyson after meeting him just a year earlier.
For a woman who had dated Eddie Murphy, a pre-fame Brad Pitt, and had appeared in Playboy, Givens probably could have done a lot better than the man-child, Iron Mike, who could have best been described as "unstable."
You knew it was bad when Givens described the marriage as "worse than anything I could possibly imagine," while she was still married to him.
Dennis Rodman & Carmen Electra
Okay, raise your hand if you saw this one coming. Yeah, me neither.
Dennis Rodman was one of the weirdest athletes ever to pick up a ball. Known more for wearing a wedding dress than marrying someone in one, Rodman married Carmen Electra when they were both drunk.
The marriage was invalidated just ten days later, but still stands as one of the worst drunken decisions ever for Ms. Electra. Kind of makes all the times I woke up with a dozen lawn gnomes in my bedroom after a night of hard drinking seem kind of tame if you think about it.
Chuck Finley & Tawney Kitaen
Tawny Kitaen was once the fantasy of thousands of young men when she rolled around on the hood of a car in lingerie for White Snake's Here I Go Again video. I'm sure Chuck Finley thought he was a pretty lucky guy nailing a babe like that.
Yeah, he was wrong. Just five years into the marriage the police were called for a domestic violence dispute. No, Chuck wasn't beating up his beautiful wife. She was beating him up.
Even the picture above was her holding him down before she got in a couple of body shots.
Ahmad Rashad & Phylicia Ayers-Allen
Ahmad Rashad, the former pro-bowl wide receiver and current broadcaster, scored a hit when marrying Bill Cosby's on-screen wife, Phylicia Ayers-Allen, after he proposed during halftime of a national broadcast.
They lasted 16 years before they split, but when O.J. Simpson is your best man at the wedding, you know that might be a bad omen.
Marco Jaric & Adriana Lima
I've run out of things to say about this
The only thing I can think of that would explain how she married him is that this is some sort of elaborate dare. I have no other idea of how Adriana Lima is married to Marco Jaric.
Hank Baskett & Kendra Wilkinson
Where do you go when the last guy you dated was 80 years old? Nowhere but up. However, in Kendra Wilkinson's case, she didn't aim for that far up.
The former Playmate had always been vocal in her love for football, so I feel like she should have known that Hank Baskett kind of sucked. However, she married him and doomed him to a life to Kendra Wilkinson's husband finds a job! stories in the tabloids, when some team mercifully picks him up for a one year contract.
Andre Agassi & Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields was once considered one of the most beautiful women on the face of the planet. Andre Agassi used to have hair.
It was an odd match from the start, and turned out pretty much the way the world expected when the marriage was annulled just two years later.
Still, who would have thought that now, Agassi would probably be considered the attractive one of the two. He's aged gracefully, and Shields is pumped full of so much Botox she is legally her own pharmacy at this point.
John McEnroe & Tatum O'Neal
I think this picture pretty much says it all.
O'Neal was one of Hollywood's most unique talents, winning an Oscar for Best Actress at the age of 10. She had grown into a beautiful woman and was in the prime of her career.
Then she married goofy-looking tennis bad boy, John McEnroe, and appeared in only five films in the next 15 years while Johnny Mac cemented himself as one of the premier players in tennis. They divorced eight years later.
McEnroe reportedly didn't take the divorce well. When O'Neal filed the papers he responded "You have GOT to be KIDDING ME!"
Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren
Now, this seems like the perfect marriage. Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer in the world, and one of the richest, most powerful athletes on the planet, and his wife Elin is an amazingly gorgeous model wife.
At the time, though, it was pretty funny. Nordegren and her twin sister were actually au pairs for fellow PGA golfer Jesper Parnevik when he introduced her to him.
First of all, Mrs. Parnevik has to be the most trusting woman on the face of the planet if she actually hired two twin, Swedish bombshells as au pairs.
Second of all, how cool is it that Woods basically married his co-worker's nanny. Can you imagine something like that happening to anyone you know?