I suspect the title of this list had you at strippers. However, now that you’re here, allow me to explain what we mean by strippers in sports.
You see, as you have probably noticed, professional athletes sorta have a “thing” for strippers. Going to strip clubs and paying women to get naked is just something cocky rich guys like to do. And most of the time, the strippers with whom pro athletes associate remain anonymous. However, every once in a while they step into the spotlight, and this invariably causes problems for the athletes.
Today, we’re going to take a look at the most famous—or I guess I should say infamous—strippers in sports. Some were public nuisances. Some became baby mamas. Some broke up marriages. And some even inflicted bodily harm.
Take a look.
Up first we have Daniela Rajic. Back in May of 2014, this 24-year-old slapped Indiana Pacers star Paul George with a paternity suit. She claims she met George when she was dancing at a Miami strip club called Tootsie's Cabaret, began dating, got pregnant, and broke up. Rajic then gave birth to a baby girl on May 1, and she says a "private paternity test" confirmed that George is the father.
George for his part said that he absolutely will provide economic and emotional support for the child if she is his. In fact, he went so far as to say that, if the test results confirm it, he would want full custody. However, at time of writing, this case still isn't resolved.
But how 'bout those Miami strip clubs, huh? Holy moly.
9. Daniela Rajic (Paul George baby momma)
We move now from Miami to Minnesota. This past summer, after the Kansas City Royals paid a visit to the Twin Cities, a local stripper known on Twitter as "Feminist Stripper" publicly shamed Royals pitchers Bruce Chen and Yordano Ventura as being stingy d-bag customers.
First she tweeted: "Lol lol lol I didn't believe this dude was pro MLB player bc he was so cheap just googled the KC roster ohai Bruce Chen DUDE IS WACK"
Then: "I'm about shaming trashdick pro athletes @ work; the#KCRoyals players that came in last night, spent $20 were #BruceChen & @YordanoVentura"
And, finally: "@YordanoVentura didn't hesitate to pull the ultimate classic #stripperproblems 'no I don't want dances but come back to my hotel room' SMDH"
If you'd like to follow Feminist Stripper because she seems like an interesting person, she no longer uses the @FeministStripper account. Now you can find her using @brittaplease.
Tell my grandchildren that grandma's legacy was inventing or at least popularizing the term "trashdick." Write it in my obituary. #Royals
— Britta (@brittaplease) October 1, 2014
In May of 2010, a New York stripper named Silvia Mena dropped a pretty huge bombshell. She filed a $10 million lawsuit against former Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, claiming he knocked her up and then dumped her.
The problem with the case? It wasn't actually a paternity suit. She was seeking damages for "emotional distress" caused by the fact that he dumped her while pregnant.
The whole thing was eventually thrown out by a New York judge who said he lacked jurisdiction over the matter. But apparently no other court was willing to hear such a stupid case, either, because nothing ever became of this.
That said, Fat Albert admitted to the affair. So it is possible the kid really was his, in which case he may have reached a private child support agreement that included a little extra cash to get Mena to stop suing him. But that's just speculation.
7. Silvia Mena (sued albert Haynesworth)
Last September, a bunch of Baltimore Ravens celebrated Bryant McKinnie's birthday by hitting the DC club scene with a party bus full of strippers. During the festivities, Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones got into an argument with a stripper named Sweat Pea (circled above), which culminated in Sweat Pea smashing a champagne bottle on his head. And after that a bull-blown brawl broke out when McKinnie (wisely) tried to prevent Jones's other friends from attacking the stripper.
Amazingly, while paramedics and police were called, nobody was seriously injured and there were no arrests.
6. Sweat Pea
At #5 we have the stripper who inspired this list. Immediately following the Australian Football League Grand Final in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, September 27, a Scottish "model" named Heather McCartney performed a strip show in one of the Melbourne Cricket Grounds' luxury suits.
Aftershe was arrested and fined $300, McCartney claimed she was there with a friend and had merely lost a bet. However, people who were reportedly in the same luxury box said she was definitely "hired entertainment." And I'm inclined to believe them.
5. Heather McCartney
You know those women Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones molested in those gross photos? Well, they were strippers. The blonde one, pictured here, goes by the name Lindzie, while the brunette calls herself Jordan. (I assume those aren't their real names.) Five years ago they went out clubbing with another friend—possible stripper/escort Jana Weckerly, who took the pictures—and together they met Jones and got freaky.
The photos emerged amidst allegations that Weckerly was involved in an extortion plot. However, Weckerly now claims Jerry Jones assaulted her that night.
4. Lindzie, Jordan, and Jana
In the summer of 2007, two years before he admitted to using steroids to hit lots and lots of home runs, Alex Rodriguez was photographed returning to his room at the Four Seasons in Toronto with a "mystery blonde," and the New York tabloids went nuts. Later it was discovered that his mistress was actually an exotic dancer named Joslyn Noel Morse, who worked at Scores in Las Vegas.
A year later, A-Rod's wife, C-Rod (Cynthia Rodriguez) filed for divorce...which came as a shock to no one.
3. Joslyn Noel Morse
Who is Jacklyn "Diva" Bush? Only a key player in one of the biggest sex scandals in sports history.
In 1999, Steve Kaplan, owner of legendary Atlanta strip joint "The Gold Club" was arrested an indicted on charges of racketeering, credit card fraud, money laundering, police corruption, and, of course, prostitution. Also included in that indictment were former club managers, a dirty police officer, a mob boss, and Jacklyn "Diva" Bush, a stripper/prostitute.
Basically, back in 1994 Kaplan realized that getting his strippers to have sex with famous athletes would be a great way to get them to come to the club. So he paid his strippers to have sex with famous athletes, including Patrick Ewing, Andruw Jones, Terrell Davis, Jamal Anderson, Dikembe Mutombo, Larry Johnson, John Starks, and Dennis Rodman...among others.
Jacklyn "Diva" Bush? Apparently she was the clubs top prostitute-stripper. Her co-workers called her the "Michael Jordan of sex" because she...well, I guess she was really good at sex. And she handled the Gold Club's more "demanding" clients, including, apparently, Dennis Rodman.
2. Jacklyn "Diva" Bush
What made the Tiger Woods sex scandal so salacious was not the fact that he cheated on his gorgeous wife. It was the fact that he cheated on her with cocktail waitresses, porn stars, and, of course, strippers.
The first stripper-mistress we heard about was Jamie Jungers (right). She claimed to be a model at first, but it wasn't long before it came out that she was also (or maybe primarily) a stripper.
Then we learned about Joslyn James (left), perhaps the most famous of all the Tiger mistresses because she released all the raunchy text messages Tiger sent her. She was mostly a porn star, but in the spring of 2010 she was working as a stripper when she alleged that the Ritz Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina, refused to rent her a room.
Obviously Tiger has a type, and it's not soccer moms. Good luck, Lindsey Vonn!