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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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91.

gt    

LOL all these people saying how awful he is for divorcing her and not knowing the cir****tances leading to it. For all we know she could be really horrible or unloving to him. Whatever the case is not important this divorce wasn't something he just came up with on a whim. I seriously doubt the cancer was the cause. Yes she has cancer and thats really awful but wtf is he supposed to do? Play along and pretend the marriage isn't dead? Ignore his feelings because she has cancer and suddenly act like a caring husband and sweep everything aside? Its a stupid game, yeah its bad that it has to happen while she's recovering from cancer but let's face it sooner or later it was going to happen.

We got people commenting he's a jerk when lets face it he didn't exactly time it on purpose with the cancer. I seriously doubt he's that vengeful a person. The problem was brewing for awhile and trying to play supportive loving husband when the marriage is dead even with a health problem like cancer isn't fair.

He supposed to pretend otherwise? Do think he should do the right thing and try to be supportive as a friend if the marriage is really over. To blame the illness is stupid and makes her out to be a martyr and him a selfish bastard.

Also the fact that its far along the chemotherapy should maybe indicate that he was trying to spare her feelings. It's not like they just found out she has cancer and boom the next day honey i want a divorce. She's getting better and he realized to put it off any further is not fair.

1130 days ago
92.

JWal    

Wow! A lot of people up on the cross this morning. If a husband/wife becomes sick, does that mean you cannot get a divorce? Why not? Maybe it's mutual? Maybe it's none of our business? Oh, I forgot, everyone here on TMZ is perfect.

1130 days ago
93.

cheryl    

i met them in ft myers and think that they are really sweet people. we do not know the cir****tances of their marriage. my heart goes out to krista i pray everything will be fine i went thru breast cancer myself and i know the mental struggles of the disease..my prayers are with both of them. we do not know all the details so we can only hope they will both survive mentally and physically,. cheryl

1130 days ago
94.

river rat    

Karma is a nasty bitch, Mr. Lackey. Yours will be staring you in the face down the road. Jerk!!!

1130 days ago
95.

CountryGal    

LoL@all these dummies saying "how long does he have to stay in a bad marriage?". HELLO! They just got married in 2008. That is not long at all. Sounds to me like he's a real pig.

1130 days ago
96.

CountryGal    

Oh and suZieque I hope you get a nice deadly disease

1130 days ago
97.

Kylie's injected lips    

I used to like John Lackey back when he was with the Anaheim Angels but now, after reading this, he's a complete butthole. The wife needs to see this as a blessing in disguise and realize that she is better off without him.

1130 days ago
98.

Irene    

To QE2 - thanks for your comment

1130 days ago
99.

tcidda    

CLASS ACT of a FIRST CLASS CHUMP

1130 days ago
100.

ncmetfan    

You people REALLY believe EVERYTHING you read on this gossip rag? Really? Their point is to put juicy gossip out there whether it's true or not. I'm guessing they don't really care about accuracy, or who it hurts, as long as their web hits and TV viewership (aka cash flow) goes up. I only came on here after reading something on ESPN that cited TMZ in regards to this issue. Otherwise I never visit this site or watch the show. Shame on anyone who beleives this filth without knowing the truth. I dont know what the truth is, but there is no way this garbage is. At least not in the form they present it.

1130 days ago
101.

aquanet    

Can't understand why TMZ couldn't wait until after the game, instead of 30 minutes before he was about to go out and pitch to the Yankees, to text him and ask him about his divorce that he filed for almost a month ago.

Its old news and he stuck with her thru her treatments. They were bad before she got sick.

1130 days ago
102.

Rogue Warrior    

Great here comes another Glorihole Allhead press conference sponsored by THZ, The Homosexual Zone!

1130 days ago
103.

L8KR G!RL    

What a douche! Very Tacky Lackey. I'm thinking since you struggled all season, it's only the beginning. Your Baseball days are over.

1130 days ago
104.

Meanie    

Classless POS.

1130 days ago
105.

GS    

LACKEY YOU ARE A PATHETIC HAS-BEEN WHO CANT PITCH FOR SH*T...WHAT A COWARD AND A LOSER YOU ARE...
YOUR BEAUTIFUL WIFE SHOULD BE JUMPING FOR JOY TO GET RID OF A CHUMP LIKE YOU....JUST GO AWAY AND I WISH YOU THE WORST OF LUCK AND YOU ARE THE REASON THE DEADSOX ARE NOT GONNA BE IN THE PLAYOFFS...YOU UGLY CREEP

1130 days ago
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