Charlotte Bobcats Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

06/12/13
 

Gary Neal's wife Leah Neal

 

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So Gary Neal had himself a game, huh?

The not quite yet household name Neal helped dismantle the Miami Heat in game 3 of the 2013 NBA Championships with an epic performance from behind the arc. Cheering from the crowd was surely Gary Neal's wife Leah Neal.

Gary and Leah Neal were married in Neal's hometown of Baltimore in July of 2010 after having dated for years before hand. According to her Twitter bio, Leah Neal is a "Commercial Real Estate/Environmental Attorney licensed in PA." The couple had their first child in September of 2011, a son named Nes.

The picturesque, happy family has been a long journey for Neal. After his sophomore year, Neal was dismissed from the La Salle basketball team after being accused of rape by a member of the University of New Haven women's basketball team. Neal was acquitted of those charges, but wound up transferring to Towson where he was forced to walk on to the basketball team pending the outcome of his rape case. Neal didn't see a scholarship again until his senior year of college, and while projected as a fringe NBA draft prospect, went undrafted in 2007. Neal traveled Europe as a pro, with stops in Turkey, Barcelona, Italy, and Spain (again) before finally getting the call from the International friendly Spurs in 2010. The journey didn't end last night for Neal, but it certainly had to be the highlight.

12/13/12
 

Tyrus Thomas' wife Jamie Patrice Thomas and Ben Gordon's fiancee Sascha Smith

 

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There's been a recent trend in professional sports where athletes in a new city on road trips are hired by local clubs and bars to "host" parties. Their hosting duties usually require the athlete to show up, wave to the crowd, and drink at a private table in the back, all while the club rakes in profit from spiked cover charges and increased drink prices because of the dude on the poster for the night. Fantasy sports, social media, and access to games anywhere in the country has led to an increase in the exposure of players from different cities, and caused this trend to really blow up in the last few months.

This trend continued on the night of December 12, 2012 when Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers were in Charlotte, NC after having taken on and beating the Bobcats earlier in the night. Chris Paul hosted a celebrity party at a night club called, Label. Shortly after the party wrapped up around 2:00 AM, a swarm of (likely)drunk patrons left the club and began moving towards the parking lot, including Tyrus Thomas' wife, Jamie Patrice Thomas. Unfortunately Jamie's night wasn't done quite yet, as she found herself in cuffs following a scuffle in the parking lot. Police reports allege that Thomas and three friends attempted to steal another woman's cell phone and purse before hitting a security guard with her vehicle while trying to leave following the scuffle. When police arrived, Thomas tried to leave again, striking the same security guard with her car while attempting to flee the scene. Charlotte police forcibly removed Thomas from her vehicle at that point, but only after having to break the window to gain access to the vehicle. She was taken to the hospital for treatment before being transferred to jail where she was charged with DWI, resisting a public officer, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Among the six arrested was also Ben Gordon's fiancee Sascha Smith. Smith was charged with resisting arrest after refusing to leave the vehicle driven by Thomas.

12/15/11
 

Al Jefferson's girlfriend Shirley Lewis

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UPDATE: 04/22/2013: "Honestly, who looks cute in their mug shot?"

That totally fair question was emailed in to us and forced us to actually try to consider, who does look cute in their mug shot? Lord knows I didn't - nor did I look particularly handsome, or tough, or like a productive member of society...

Apparently Al Jefferson's girlfriend Shirley Lewis asked the same question, and she's doing something to rectify the situation. Shirley emailed us that question above and provided PlayerWives.com with a handful of new pictures which prove, that yes, she is most certainly cuter than that mugshot would suggest.

Thanks to Shirley for reaching out to us, and hopefully folks agree that mugshots aren't the most flattering picture on earth.


Usually when we have the unfortunate job of relaying a story on domestic abuse, we're writing about the athlete being booked on charges.
Not this time....

Meet Shirley Lewis, Al Jefferson's 38 year old girlfriend (he is 26). The two live together in an upscale suburb of Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Heights. On December 8th, the couple got into a verbal argument before Lewis is alleged to have hit Jefferson before proceeding to bite him on the back. The altercation took place in front of two children, one of whom was fathered by Jefferson. Police were called, and Lewis was arrested and booked at a Salt Lake City police station.
Reports are now circulating that police are looking into charges to be potentially leveled against Jefferson. No further action has taken place.

Jefferson took part in the 2011-2012 Utah Jazz media day the next morning, and declined to comment on the situation. Jefferson told the Salt Lake Tribune, "It’s a personal matter and I’m done talking about it. I want to discuss basketball."
Honestly, I don't blame you, Al. If this is the whole story, good on you for keeping your hands off her.