5 Messiest Divorces in Athletic History 》

Terry Bradshaw

Once upon a time, football player Terry Bradshaw was happily married to figure skater JoJo Starbuck. As it turned out, though, he was far happier than she was, and he was blindsided when she filed for divorce in 1980, ostensibly so she could focus more on her own life and career.

Even though the divorce surprised Bradshaw, it seems like something he and others should have seen coming. In his own autobiography Man of Steel, the football player claimed that “I’m a male chauvinist! I said it, so you don’t have to. More than that, I’m not ashamed of being that! I think that for the most part, a woman’s place is in the home.”

Sounds like more than enough to drive the highly independent Starbuck away. She wanted her own life, which was too much for Bradshaw. Later in his autobiography, he claimed, “I just want a full-time wife, that’s all. And in the final analysis, I don’t think that’s too much to ask.” Maybe a “full-time husband” would have respected his wife’s wishes a bit more, Terry!