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Red Sox John Lackey

Divorcing Wife Battling Cancer

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

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.

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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I agree with the posters that say "For better or worse" means allowing her to use all within her to FIGHT the cancer....not having to deal with divorce amidst the chaos of cancer.

Yes I also equate him with Edwards OR a step below George Lopez who took his wife's kidney and then divorced her. I don'*****ch him anymore either.

1032 days ago


The Red Sox released a statement on his behalf? They don't think it is up for public debate...really? I hope Karma comes back to bite the both of them. Prayers for his wife and her struggle from this disease and for all people out there that are fighting cancer.

1032 days ago


What a piece of s#*t......Hope he burns in h*ll!!!

1032 days ago


What a BS public statement by the Red Sox; but as BAD as it is, it pales in comparison to Lackey's selfish action. Trophy wives beware!

1032 days ago


It amazes me that so many people think that just because the divorce rate is high somehow excuses Lackey's actions. It doesn't. That's one of the big problems with the US today, too many Americans lack integrity. They say they'll do something, like in Lackey's case, stay married to someone "for better or worse," and then when things get difficult, they cut and run.

Lackey's wife is battling cancer, and I think it's a shame that people would say that oh she must have been cheating while battling cancer? Do any of you who are accusing this woman of cheating even know someone who is fighting cancer and was going through chemo? When is she going to cheat if she may not even have enough energy to do much of anything?

Yes, they might be going through a lot, and even hard to deal with at times, but does it mean you leave that person because it's sooo haaard? No.

And do you even realize that if she had a double mastectomy, that's some serious cancer, not just one that you can, for lack of better terms, cut out and it's done with?

Divorce is a public filing, and for a public personality, he cannot expect for no one to say anything. And the fact that he's willing to cut her loose during a very difficult point in her life says a lot about the kind of person HE is, and none of it is good.

1032 days ago


The only thing missing from this dooche bag is a pitch fork and horns. Abandoning your dying wife cuz she has breast cancer: ROT IN HELL YOU JOHN LACKEY PIECE OF SH*t!!!!!

1032 days ago


What a jerk!!! "Insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities." Sounds like the problem is that Mr. Jerk isn't supportive that she may have had or going to have a mastectomy to fight cancer. She is far to beautiful to have to put up with an ******* like this. Good luck, Krista, on a speedy recovery and beating this cancer.

1032 days ago


do not know the whole story but this dude sure does sound like a duche bag.................

1032 days ago


Cynical old me says that this athlete has had a bad season, files for divorce in an embarrassing situation and at an extremely awkward time, I would lay odds it is because there is #2 in the wings probably expecting a $$$$ event.

Sure hope there are special insurance provisions for the wife because it sure would be difficult for her to get -- would she be kicked off the MLB health plan?

1032 days ago


Just makes no sense and is totally unprofessional; the athlete makes $16 MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR and he couldn't wait until offseason? He had to file when playoffs were in less than a month? Seems very odd.

1032 days ago

Connie Lingus    

Marriage, it take two to get in , but only one to get out!! This is a totally classless move!

1032 days ago

R Jay    

End of season gonna be sooner than a month from now.

1032 days ago


She's better off without the s*** bag.
He's always been a head case and let's see how many friends he has when he gets cancer. Speaking of which - he is to their team.

1032 days ago


What a low life, karma coming his way and it won't be pretty.

1032 days ago


Lackey is undoubtably a Gingrich supporter. Like, Gingrich he is medicore. I hope that his wife recovers and moves on to bigger and better person.

1032 days ago
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