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LeBron James is arguably the biggest name in professional sports. Unfortunately, with that title and popularity comes increased scrutiny and media pressure. Therefore it should come as no surprise that just weeks before LeBron James and girlfriend Savannah Brinson walk down the aisle, rumors have started to fly accusing LeBron of stepping out. Bossip.com obtained a series of text messages between LeBron and model Carmen Ortega with each flirtily trying to arrange schedules for a meetup. The text messages were inconclusive to exactly what happened, and after rumors swirled with full internet-gale-force, Ortega performed an interview with Bossip.com to tell her side of the story.
Ortega told Bossip repeatedly that nothing happened between her and James, but did suggest that this wasn't his first time trying to set something up outside his relationship with Brinson. Ortega alleges that LeBron pursued her repeatedly, including one uncomfortable dinner together. Upon confronting LeBron with proof of his relationship to Brinson (and please, please tell me it was from this site,....), LeBron responded with "def don't believe everything you read." Ortega was also quick to opine that Brinson may be on board with LeBron's wandering eye, saying:
I almost feel like Savannah does know. He made some comments before. I asked him straight up, just tell me what’s your situation, he was more like “I’m not on lockdown, it’s not even like that. - Carmen Ortega - Bossip.com
While you'd be quick to give Ortega props for not getting into a physical relationship with a soon-to-be-married father of two, she's quick to credit her hesitation to a bad experience with Reggie Bush. There are allegations that Ortega, who admits to a relationship while Bush was with Kim Kardashian, was the other woman that ultimately broke them up.
While this article may have set the record for the number of times we've used some form of the word allege, it's pretty clear from Ortega's perspective that nothing happened with her and LeBron. Ortega will only speak to her involvement with James, and hints that there may be many more with a different ending to their story. As the wedding draws closer, will any more women come forward with stories on LeBron? We shall see...
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There's a longstanding rule in sports that cheerleaders are not to fraternize with the players. It's admittedly a rule that's broken pretty much daily, but a rule nonetheless. Things get a littler interesting when you start thinking about the scope of a professional sports organization, both in terms of team staff and in house entertainment. For example, can a trainer for the team date the in house reporter? Can the mascot date a VIP waitress? Or, can the head coach date a member of the dance team?
If you're the Miami Heat, the answer to the latter appears to be a murky issue. Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra's girlfriend Nikki Sapp, happened to work as a Miami Heat dancer. Sapp, 24, began dancing for the Heat when she was 18 years old in 2006. She continued on the dance squad for three years, retiring before the 2009 season. Erik Spoelstra, 42, has been with the team since 1995, but took over as head coach in 2008. Spoelstra as head coach and Sapp as a dancer overlapped by one season, though it's not clear if they were together in 2008, or if the beginning of their relationship was the cause for her exodus from the dance team.
Nonetheless, the couple is together now, and walked the red carpet at a charity event in Miami in early March, 2013. Sapp clearly has skills beyond dancing, as she graduated from Florida International University magna cum laude. She later attended Miami International University of Art & Design on a full scholarship before beginning work as an Art Gallery director in Bal Harbour, FL.
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Now I know what you are all thinking. The name of this site is playerwives.com so why in the world would we feature Ray Allen's mother??
Well, when the mother is as fanatical a fan of her son like Flo I think she belongs on this site.
For anyone that has ever watched a Celtics game in the last few years, chances are you know exactly what I'm talking about when it comes to Ray Allen's mom, Flo. The mother of Jesus Shuttlesworth typically can be seen court side with some sort of Ray Allen jersey on, completely bedazzled out. She currently resides in Florida with her second husband but makes it up North for all the big games (and never misses a game on TV).
Ray also has his mom to credit for his basketball genes. Flo's first husband was in the Air Force, and while moving constantly Flo took up basketball and played on the Air Force team. The entire family would attend all her practices, games, and team events, so Ray grew up around the game because of his mother. When Ray's son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes his mother stepped up and ran the Boston Marathon, raising money for the Joslin Diabetes Center.