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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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It is a terrible thing for her to be going through but if he is a jerk like that she is better off without that creep. Good luck to any other women he dates he won't be there when you need him.

1086 days ago


Once again TMZ embellishes the story. If she hasn't had chemo treatments in 3 months then she is not "in the middle of a battle for her life".

Immediately everyone jumps to the conclusion that he is leaving his death bed cancer wife, which is obviously not the case. There could be other reasons. Perhaps he wanted to divorce her right before she was diagnosed, but stuck with her until she was done with treatment and cancer free. Perhaps she was a bitch or cheated? We do not know, so don't immediately assume like sheep.

1086 days ago

Bubbles The Chimp    

I hope this pathetic heartless wanker loses his penis in an accident.

1086 days ago


Not sure how many of you are red sox fans but this pitcher refuse to call him a man is a miserable person on and off the field. He blames his teammates for any play that he does not like, the other day the sox was winning 11-8 the manager came out after lacket gave up another run. He had a hisssy fit on the mound yelling at manager why are you taking me out. You can read his lips, He felt he was pitching great. All of his wims the sox scored lots of runs which bailed him out of games in which he gac=ve up 6+ plus runs. Its every one's fault the sox are not winning in John's mind. he has been given a pass by many fans because we all knew his wife has cancer. But we all know nowwhat the real story is. John if you think you were booed this year wait until next year. You better pitch no hitters every time your on the mound before the Fenway faithful will give you a chear. John it might be a very long year next year

1086 days ago


As a red Sox fan. I am sorry we are stuck with this person for a few more years. He has been nothing but a complete jerk on and off the field. He scowls at team mates when he thinks they make a mistake but when he pitches a horrible game walks and Home runs its not his fault. Now this. Wow and I gave him some slack because I felt he was dealing with a love one with caancer in his home. I had no confidence in him this year. Now this. He may have all that money but he is not a happy man. He is angry just look at that scrowl. We are stuck with him as a red sox but he will never become a beloved one. He can pitch 20 no hitter or sinle handed win a few WS but he will never be a man. I hope his wife is getting better and she is better off with out him. I hope the pre nup is trown out (been known to happen) Heve a frienids who one and court is not looking at it. I hope she takes him for every dime he has. A little bou in a adult's body

1086 days ago

Mister Snitch    

A pretty girl who loses something of the quality that defined her might be a horror to live with. You just don't know what's going on. This may have surprised Lackey - how hung up she was on her appearance may even have surprised herself.

Until you've walked a mile in his, er, cleats, you don't know what the story is. That said, with his generally surly demeanor he invites the kind of judgement and invective you see in this comment thread. He certainly does himself no favors.

1086 days ago


I guess he doesn't think the "in sickness and in health" part of the vows applies to him. I just love the excuse he gave for the divorce. "the marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities." Does he think she is going to be miss sunshine while battling cancer? It's no wonder he's struggling on the field. It's coming around to bite him in the butt because of what he's doing to his wife.

1086 days ago


He may be a ****, but shes a gold digging whore. Prenup or not she wanted the life of a mlb players wife and she will get a nice settlement. Look at the two of them, you think an ugly douche like him gets a hot blonde in any other cir****tance.

1086 days ago


Give him a break, there is never a good time to file for divorce. If he waits, he will be miserable, if he stays he be miserable.

1086 days ago


What an *******!!. Why do these guys get paid so much? Hope it comes back around to bite him in the ass! JERK

1086 days ago

Eric M. Van    

I love tweens!

1086 days ago


One word! Douchebag!

1086 days ago


uh people she underwent treatment; she should be better now if its in remission. He didn't leave her right away. Who here seriously thinks its so easy to leave someone when married??? Have you ever been married. Most don't get divorced unless they really have enough.

It takes time to get to that point in a relationship. The relationship went downhill for awhile now. Tammy agreed on what u said. How long should the guy wait??? I seriously seriously doubt his reason to leave are based on the cancer but a longtime decision based on their marriage status. So stop calling the guy a--hole for leaving her and assuming its because of the cancer. If he was still in love he would stand by her cancer or not. He stood with her in the early stages so it shows he does care for her well-being and this decision was going to be made cancer or not. So cut the dude some slack since we don't know the reasons for the divorce.

People (ie:ladies no offense) hear the word cancer and divorce and automatically call him crap Like he's some heartless s.o.b that just left her because she had cancer. Its obvious they aren't compatible and the damage can't be undone so let them both move on and enjoy their lives; especially her with her just having survived cancer.

and don't believe that crap that women don't leave men in illness, they will leave them in cancer,comas,poverty etc for the next best thing.

BTW we don't hear this guy leaving her for some young blonde skank. He waited for her treatment to be finished to announce the divorce.

And yes she married for love; she signed a prenup right? of course he waited until he had time off. Its emotionally draining to announce something that big, especially given she was also going through chemo while he waited to announce the news.

BTW she's cute and has a great smile; she can contact me ;)
He looks angry and pissed and gives off an air of nastiness.
Regardless cut the guy a break as I'm sure its not out of selfishness the divorce.

1086 days ago


dump her while you have the cash and a prenup. a chick without hooters is like a man so what's the point of staying married?

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