We all have that one crazy ex or terrible break-up story. It's a fact of life that you don't always know what you're getting into in a relationship.
Imagine how much that's magnified when millions of dollars are involved.
In the NBA, you have gold-diggers and groupies in abundance in almost every city. In other sports, it's not as bad, but present.
At any rate, here are five of the more bizarre athlete relationships, break-ups, and ex's in recent memory.
Now, I ain't sayin' she's a gold digger. But...
Shaq and Shaunie O'Neal began with a bizarre relationship. They both brought in children from previous relationships. They proceeded to have four more together.
As their relationship moved toward the rocks (as many NBA marriages do), accusations of both sleeping around on each other surfaced.
Hold on a second.
An NBA player who spends a ton of time away from his family and in the clubs cheated? And then his wife did the same out of bitterness?
Look, this is so rampant, the prenuptial should say, "This is not a traditional marriage. Do not expect me to be faithful." If we start out with lowered expectations, at least disappointment and rage won't follow.
The reason Shaunie makes this list, though, has little to do with infidelity. The bizarre thing about all of this, and the part that makes her look like an absolute gold digger, is that she is trying to establish residency in California before entering divorce proceedings.
The reason? California has a history of awarding large sums of money to jilted wives.
Tennis, along with games like polo and golf, has historically been considered one of the classier world sports.
We've seen in recent years, with Andre Agassi's admission of crystal meth use, that maybe it's just as sordid as the rest of the sports world.
This brings us to Jennifer Capriati. She's had an alleged pill overdose suicide attempt (denied by Capriati's family). But her most bizarre act?
She dated a porn star for six years.
Now, I'm no moralist, but it would seem to me that someone named Dale DaBone would be more of a one-night stand than the relationship type.
For six years.
Capriati and DaBone (I love typing that last name) broke up in 2009. So many things make me wish I had known about this then and been able to conduct an interview.
The day after LeBron-athon, this was just irresistible.
By now, you know LeBron James has signed with the Miami Heat. If you read around, you probably know that Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, wrote an open letter obliterating James.
He accuses LeBron of egomania, narcissism, and disloyalty to the Cavs. For whatever reason, he doesn't mention that he, as owner of the Cavs, fed into these things; or that he hired a first-time coach and a first-time GM to manage the team that couldn't win in the playoffs.
There will be so much more made of this this break-up than any real relationship that it had to make this list.
I'm not here to demonize Elisha Cuthbert. But any time, "sloppy seconds" is a phrase used to describe you...
Well, you at least get a mention.
In December 2008 Sean Avery was suspended from the NHL for talking about how the rest of the NHL seemed to have a thing for his ex-girlfriends.
At this point in time, Cuthbert was dating another hockey player, Dion Phaneuf, and had also been linked to hockey player Mike Komisarek.
So do we give points to Avery for accuracy or Cuthbert for sticking to her guns? I'm giving Avery the edge here.
There may have even been love involved.
The only way I feel I can realistically convey the level of bizarreness involved with the Cristal Taylor-Dirk Nowitzki pairing is in list format.
-Taylor was a stripper.
-Taylor was 37 when dating Dirk, who was 30.
-Taylor was arrested, in Nowitzki's home, on eight outstanding warrants.
-The allegations against her all implied that she would eventually try to find a way to get a lot of money out of Nowitzki.
-Taylor, in jail, claimed to be pregnant with Nowitzki's baby.
I couldn't even make up a better story than this.