The latest controversy around cricketer Mohammed Shami’s marriage has brought the rampant issue of sportspersons’ infidelity back under the scanner. While reported cases of Indian sportsmen cheating on their wives are few and far between, it’s quite prevalent in the western world with an array of high-profile athletes having been accused of being unfaithful.
After all, Muhammad Ali, considered the greatest sportsman of the century, had a “dark” side, according to his second wife, Khalilah Ali. Khalilah, in a book, revealed that Ali was a sex addict whose conquests in the bedroom rival his victories in the boxing ring. Of course, boxer Mike Tyson was the wild one in this matter, often boasting that he had slept with at least 2,000 women, besides wreaking physical havoc on his wife.
Muhammad Ali was married four times. Another scandal that shook the sporting world was Tiger Woods’ series of affairs.
Researches in the UK suggested that men who play team sports are likely to use that as an excuse to hide an affair. According to the study, done by golfsupport.com, rugby players, footballers and golfers are among the top culprits in covering up their infidelity by claiming they are training or playing a match.
“Testosterone levels are further enhanced by resistance training, which is a common part of a rugby player’s workout. And when it comes to football, a 2012 study claimed that playing a 90-minute football match increased testosterone levels by 30 per cent,” the report published on independent.co.uk said.
Bangladeshi fast bowler Mohammad Shahid, who faced similar charges to that of Shami, says the Indian pacer can still make his marriage work. “My wife and I are not divorced but very well settled in our lives now. We live peacefully and go to drop my children in the school. Hope similar situation arrives in Shami’s life too,” the 30-year-old bowler said.
Shahid had to pay the consequences for the much-publicised domestic abuse. “Shahid was in our national team but was released immediately after the incident. He was holding the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) contract but was immediately removed from the list,” BCB president Nazmul Hasan said.
(With inputs from Bipin Dani)...