With 43 attempts for 299 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns, C.J. Anderson was looking like a great late season pickup for the Los Angeles Rams. He proved to be even better when he rushed for 167 yards total and 2 touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints to help the Rams advance to the Super Bowl.
Despite his excellence on the field, the Rams running back is dealing with some controversy off the field some 24 hours away from the biggest game of his life.
In a recent story published by the Daily Mail, a woman named Paige Gunnink claimed she got a direct message from Anderson, who at the time had a pregnant girlfriend. Athletes cheating on their wives or girlfriends is nothing new, but this one was quite different.
According to the other woman, Anderson offered to fly the Montana pharmacy technician out to see him, but only if she sent nude photos to prove she wasn’t fat. Yes, you read that correctly. Anderson, who isn’t a small man himself, does not like fatties.
The 27-year-old running back sparked a suggestive conversation with Paige Gunnink, from Bozeman, Montana, on social media in September which quickly evolved into sexts, requests for ‘full body’ photos, and offers to fly her out to hook up with him.
But in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Gunnink revealed their sexting fling came to an end after the athlete was unimpressed by her nude photos, fat-shamed her and suggested she lose weight.
In one exchange, the former Carolina Panther, who was signed to the Rams in December and will play at Super Bowl LII this weekend, callously told her: ‘You got a stomach…I don’t really do fat girls.’
In an attempt to soften the blow, the NFL star, who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Raquel Torres, 24, this year, even asked Gunnink about her workout routine adding: ‘I can try to help.’
‘He was a gentleman up until the point he wanted to fly me out, but when I didn’t want to do that, it kind of just turned into him becoming rude,’ she said.
‘His messages stopped being nice. He started asking me for photos at that point and the derogatory texts starting coming, he said I had a stomach and didn’t f**k fat girls.
‘It hurt I’m not gonna lie, I cried for a couple of days over it, to have someone who is rich and famous, this celebrity, to message you in the first place, to come and be like you’re awesome, you’re great, I think you’re gorgeous, I wanna fly you out and then be like, “no you’re not good enough, you’re too fat.” I was crushed. It has definitely affected my self-esteem.
‘Then I found out he was hitting me up when his girlfriend was two months pregnant, that’s low. I was definitely surprised.’
Daily Mail claims they reached out to Anderson who was unapologetic and claimed he didn’t cheat on girlfriend because they were on a break.
His sports agent, Peter Schaffer, told DailyMail.com: ‘CJ’s focus is on helping his teammates prepare for and play against the New England Patriots on Sunday. At no time would he ever want to hurt anyone’s feelings, at the same time we will not dignify someone who is looking for five minutes of fame to interfere with the preparations for Sunday.’
Here a couple of text messages and Instagram DM’s from their interactions:
Here’s a couple of photos of Paige via her deleted Instagram:
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