Eva Longoria filed for divorce from Tony Parker Wednesday, beginning the end of one of sports’ most high-profile couples.
While the divorce papers cite “irreconcilable differences” for the split, rumors of infidelity have surrounded Parker. “Extra” host Mario Lopez reported Wednesday that Longoria confirmed that there were hundreds of texts from another woman on Parker’s phone, and that the woman was married to one of Parker’s teammates.
= On Thursday, it was reported that the woman was Erin Barry. Her husband, Brent Barry, played with Parker on the Spurs from 2004 to 2008 (pictured right, the two celebrate the Spurs’ 2007 championship). Brent and Erin Barry are also in the middle of a divorce.
Erin’s brother Casey was asked about the rumors, responding, “When we are ready to speak about this, we will contact the press.”
TMZ spoke with NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Brent’s father.
“I feel horrible for my son. I’m in shock. I knew [Erin] was moving out of the house soon and SHE was the one that filed for divorce. This is the straw that broke the camel’s back. [Brent] is going to be devastated. I can’t even imagine him going through this … the divorce was hard enough news.”
“People,” however, is reporting that while Parker and Barry exchanged text messages, they never had a physical relationship.
“They knew each other, sent each other messages. It was flirtatious, but he never did anything with her,” their source says.
Either way, it was enough for Longoria to want to end her marriage. And she reportedly got some revenge in doing so. The couple had reportedly been discussing for weeks how to end their marriage respectfully and quietly; when Longoria blindsided Parker with the divorce papers, the ensuing media blitz reportedly caught him off guard.
“It is with great sadness that after 7 years together, Tony and I have decided to divorce,” she tweeted Wednesday. “We love each other deeply and pray for each other’s happiness.”