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Red Sox John Lackey

Divorcing Wife Battling Cancer

9/26/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey has filed to divorce his wife, Krista ... who is in the middle of battling breast cancer.

Lackey filed on August 30, according to court docs in Texas, claiming "the marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities." Krista and John got married in November, 2008.

Sources close to the family tell TMZ ... Krista underwent a double mastectomy back in March and underwent chemo as recently as June.

The divorce petition says John and Krista had a prenup. It also says Lackey has "separate property" he wants to keep for himself.

Lackey filed the divorce papers using only his and Krista's initials -- a tactic Tony Parker and Eva Longoria ... and Sandra Bullock and Jesse James also used in their Texas divorces.

It's unclear why Lackey -- who's struggled on the field all season long -- didn't wait til the off-season, about a month from now, to start divorce proceedings.

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4:33 PM: The Red Sox just released a statement on Lackey's behalf -- telling us, "John Lackey is dealing with a deeply personal family issue, and it is one the Red Sox do not feel is appropriate for public debate.  The Red Sox request that John and Krista’s privacy be respected."

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151.

OST    

Why is everyone kiling Lackey? Do we know why they are getting divorced? Is it something she did? Is it something they both want? Who knows? Just because she has cancer doesnt mean that he deserves to be torn apart for filing for divorce.

1091 days ago
152.

CountryGal    

I see lackey's friends and family are on here taking up for him. Maybe his gay lovers? Maybe even the douche himself..

1091 days ago
153.

smileyjones    

Why does anyone, including TMZ care about this guy? What a giant waste of time. Why does all of this have to play out in public? Don't you have better things to do?

1091 days ago
154.

Aetius    

She has breast cancer, that may or may not be the underlying cause for their divorce. This is such a bias story. What if she was a slut that had breast cancer? Still feel sympathy now? Don't be a moron and overreact to this kind of "journalism".

1091 days ago
155.

MH    

I have known krista for years. She is a great person. This is really sad and the comments on here about someone that is going through what she is are disgusting.

1091 days ago
156.

anonymous    

This personal matter is certainly not TMZ or anyone elses damn business. What goes on between two people in a marriage is a private affair. To article was printed with the intention of making this man out to be the bad guy. Having cancer does not mean marital security. I wouldn't wish Krista's bad health on anyone but we don't know her or her husband and should mind our own damn business. Got that TMZ?

1091 days ago
157.

MH    

I know Krista and she is a fantastic person. The comments on here are disgusting and this is a very sad situation. As is she hasnt been through enough!

1091 days ago
158.

Priya    

We don't know the whole story or even a little of it. It's not fair to judge this. Obviously people are still going to, and obviously a guy divorcing his wife while she's in the midst of battling cancer looks really, really bad. But it's his life and he's entitled to his privacy like all of us, and hopefully people respect that. We have no idea what the deal is with his marriage and wife. TMZ, as they often do, is putting the famous person in the bad light, trying to make him look like the bad guy, when we have NO idea if he is or what his situation is like. This is like trying to paint a picture of a sunset that is almost entirely buried behind the clouds. We don't know the whole thing. Lay off, people.

1091 days ago
159.

CriticXtreme    

This is a real man who just got his balls back!

1091 days ago
160.

Cujeaux    

I know what it is - he thinks she's jinxing him. There's no legit reason for not waiting until AT LEAST the season is over with. He's an embarrassment to the club and his fans, his family and hers. My cat just put a mal occhio hex on him. Good luck next season you POS!

1091 days ago
161.

candygirl0406    

Ugh, what an *******!!!! Karma is coming for you ****!

1091 days ago
162.

Coralchristie    

Since we don't know what's really happening with them it's a little presumptuous to assume that one or the other is doing something horribly wrong. Why wish something awful for either? I wish the best for both of them and hope that this choice is right for them.

1091 days ago
163.

Garbo911    

Actually, I do believe she is divorcing him, not the other way around. Get your facts straight.

1091 days ago
164.

jim leavitt    

I hpoe TMZ did not make that infamous phone call to lackey, becauce if you were your nothing more than dirt bags/Boycott TMZ!!!!!!!!!!!

1091 days ago
165.

D_Lussier    

To all you douchebags bagging on Lackey, even those inside TMZ doing it on the TV show, ever think that maybe something happened in his personal life that made this happen? Maybe his wife cheated on him. Maybe she did something so reprehensible that he could not over look it. You wanna **** on him because he's a ****ty pitcher and isn't living up to his multi-million dollar contract, have at it. But leave him be when it comes to personal ****, you don't know him, or what is going on in his personal life, you trash mongering, unprofessional, dirt rag gossip, piece of trash people/news source.

1091 days ago
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