Now, the chance of doing something wrong does not mean that the behavior is excused. With Jay Cutler’s latest example in the lead, we take a look at five of these NFL players who were caught having an affair.
NFL players whose affairs became known
#1 – Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler allegedly cheated on his ex-wife Kristin Cavallari. What makes this case even worse is that he allegedly broke his best friend’s trust as well. The story goes that Jay Cutler and his friend’s family decided to take a trip together. Instead of being a good friend, he chose to sleep with his friend’s wife. The friend, naturally angry, apparently informed Kristen, who then expressed her wish to be excluded from such matters.
During Jay Cutler’s divorce proceedings that began in 2020 and were finalized this year, one of the things his ex-wife mentioned was having “improper marital behavior that makes cohabitation more unsafe and inappropriate.” The new allegations show the statement in a more serious light.
#2 – Earl Thomas
Another player who has been in the news recently is NFL Super Bowl winner Earl Thomas. He was arrested a month ago for violating a court order and sending letters to a woman. But his problems with women did not arise this year. In fact, his alleged affair could have had more serious consequences.
The former Seattle Seahawks star was allegedly arrested, along with his brother, in an affair with his ex-wife Nina Thomas in 2020. At the time, he was playing for the Baltimore Ravens. She chased after him with a loaded pistol before the police finally intervened. She was initially arrested, but the divorce application was later approved. She even obtained a restraining order against Earl Thomas.
#3 – Steve McNair
Affairs grab the attention of the general public because raw feelings come into play. It involves love and betrayal in equal measure. In such an emotionally charged environment, things can often go wrong, as happened in the case of Steve McNair.
Steve McNair was the quarterback who was a former NFL player who was responsible for the Tennessee Titans’ only appearance in the Super Bowl. He married Michelle McNair in 1997, and on the surface, everything looked rosy. What was not known was that Steve McNair had an affair with a lady named Jenny Kazmi.
While the full extent and details are unknown, what is tragically known is that it led to his death at the age of 36. Kazemi and McNair rented a place in Nashville before she proceeds to kill McNair with a gun she had purchased two days earlier. After killing McNair, she pointed the gun at herself and committed suicide.
#4 – Tiki Barber
The former Pro Bowler New York Giants bringing back the Tiki Barber affair was, in many ways, a story of heartbreak and a fresh start. Tiki Barber was drafted in 1997 and married his University of Virginia sweetheart Virginia Cha in 1999. Everything points to a perfect family photo. They have two sons and two twin daughters from marriage.
While Cha was pregnant with their twin daughters, Barber began an affair with a 23-year-old NBC intern, whom he met while working on the Today Show. In April 2010, one month before the birth of their twin daughters, Cha and Barber began divorce proceedings. Completed in 2012, Barber and new love Johnson waited just eight days before their wedding.
#5 – Dan Marino
We leave the greatest player on this list for last. In this list, we’ve seen broken friendships, infractions with the law, death, and cruel infidelities, but the case of Dan Marino is that of a man who walked out of an affair with his family still intact. Marino married his wife Claire in 1985 and they have six children.
In 2013, it became public that he had not only had an affair with another woman, but had given birth to a hitherto unknown child. It turns out that in 2005, he had illicit relations with CBS employee Donna Savater, and they had a daughter named Chloe. He paid millions to support his lover and daughter and kept it a secret for eight years.
But what prevented his family life from completely collapsing due to this revelation is that his wife learned about this secret. It’s possible that finding out from him rather than news sources saved the marriage from decline.