Former NBA forward says religious NBA players cheat on their wives

paul-shirleyIt comes as no surprise that many sports stars have been caught cheating on their wives — think Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods.

But what’s somewhat surprising is how many religious athletes cheat.

On a HuffPost Live segment, former NBA player Paul Shirley told host Marc Lamont Hill that he ran into several religious basketball players who were guilty of infidelity.

“I was always amazed by how many mega religous guys I ran into [in the NBA], and then the next surprise was how often they cheated on their wives or did something that I would consider – as a person who was raised in a Methodist home – to be pretty much going against the teachings of anything Christian,” Shirley said.

Shirley played a total of 18 games in the NBA throughout 3 seasons. He holds career averages of 1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 6.7 mpg.

Shirley has been known for briefly maintaining an online journal while playing for the Phoenix Suns in 2004-05. His first journal dealt with a several-day-long road trip, while the second chronicled the Suns’ NBA Playoffs run.

After their playoff elimination, the Suns did not re-sign him, as he rarely played in his twelfth man position. He was the author of a blog for entitled “My So-Called Career”.

Shirley was signed to a non-guaranteed contract by the Minnesota Timberwolves in early October, but was cut in training camp before the start of the 2006-07 season.

On an chat on October 23, Shirley referenced the $10 million, 5-year contract of Mark Madsen as the reason why he was released.

After graduating, the 6’10” Shirley played power forward for thirteen different professional teams including the NBA teams the Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, and the Chicago Bulls, as well as Panionios Athens of the Greek A1 League, Joventut Badalona, ViveMenorca, and Unicaja Malaga of the Spanish ACB League, and UNICS Kazan of the Russian Super League.

/Huffington Post/


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