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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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16.

Ace    

It said in the article she had a mastectomy in March. Maybe he had planned on filing divorce then but waited 6 months until now. This whole article was designed to make him look bad and cause controversy. The headline should have read: "Mean husband leaves dying wife".

1040 days ago
17.

The Real JJ    

As a BoSox fan (and yes I'm nervous about the playoffs) this is whats best. This has been hard on him all year and her of course. I think he wanted to do this now because he doesn't want to have this burden if they don't make it to the playoffs and hopefully through to the finals, that it was his or her fault. Plus she doesnt need more stress because alot of fans don't care about personal problems they care about the millions they see you getting and not living up to it.

1040 days ago
18.

John 8:32    

This guy's last name is apropos...

1040 days ago
19.

Professor Chaos    

He looks more like a catcher to me than a pitcher. Word on the street is he loves it in the ass.

1040 days ago
20.

jc    

He's a miserable cuss with below average talant who rants his teamates and dissrespects his manager on the field,just a no good lil sore sport,not familiar with his wifes medical or their personal predicament,still bet he's the prob there too..

1040 days ago
21.

Everett    

Thats sad to hear under any cir****tances, but I really hate throwing the the "Cancer Card" regardless, and I hope that had nothing to do with the timing and it really was just a victim of cir****tance.

Either way, no one deserves to be in a relationship they are not willing to give 100% in, cancer or not. I hope for the best.

1040 days ago
22.

FLsportsNE    

How long is he supposed to stay with his wife, before it's ok with you people and the Court of Public Opinion? She had her last chemo in June. It's five years before she will be considered cancer free or cured. So how long does he have to stay with her? None of you know what goes on in his personal life, but you are going to pass judgement anyway? I have treated cancer patients that are just about the most miserable people you have ever met. I had one with reoccurring Melanoma who treated everyone including myself and her husband like garbage. It was so bad he finally divorced her. None of you know what you would do until it happens to you, so give the guy a break on the personal life.

1040 days ago
23.

Chris    

Why are people so quick to judge him? He has to stay with her because she has cancer? What if she is just a disgusting person who treats him horribly now that she is sick? This DOES happen to people.

This country is ridiculous in that it rushes to judgement. I shouldn't be surprised however when it also is the place where marriage and divorce are so unfairly swayed in the direction of females.

1040 days ago
24.

Redsox Fan    

Wow I never liked John Lackey before the Sox signed him. Now with his wife being sick and John having the worst ever record of a staring picther ever in RedSox history I gave him a pass for being a caring husband ? What a S*** Bag the worst pitcher the worst husband. I hope she gets everything in the divorce !!

1040 days ago
25.

moxie    

I look forward to the day that some "celebrity wife" files for divorce, after the husband loses his NUTS

1040 days ago
26.

RoRo Walton    

I wouldn't worry much if I were her. She's a very pretty woman. She will have no problem finding someone else. He might have difficulites. He's a douche bag.

1040 days ago
27.

moxie    

I look forward to the day that some "celebrity wife" files for divorce, after the husband loses his NUTS to cancer. Oh, and don't forget the prenup.

1040 days ago
28.

seb    

all you idiots should stfu unless you know the full story..

1040 days ago
29.

Brandon    

Maybe she's cheating on him? With the doctor?

1040 days ago
30.

Anna D.    

He is following his manager Terry Francona who is also divorcing his wife. He moved out on his lovely wife in May
& is already dating.

1040 days ago
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