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Marrying a ‘Baller’ far from the Blissful Life?

Many may think marrying a professional athlete would be a whirlwind of “Happily ever after” upon uttering the words “I do.” However, according to a number of athlete’s wives, it is quite far from the truth. The recent news of Tiger Woods’s car accident and alleged affair with a 24-year-old cocktail waitress has brought the subject into the spotlight.

On Wednesday Woods posted an apology on his Web site, referring to his “transgressions.” He states, “I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves.” On the same day US Weekly magazine published a voicemail message, which they claim is from Woods to the 24-year-old waitress, imploring her to take her name off her phone because his wife, Elin Nordegren, may go through his phone.

Erin Crispin, wife of a former Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, told CNN Wednesday that she has great sympathy for Woods’s wife. Crispin told reporters that being the wife of a pro athlete means one gets special treatment both when things are going well and when things simply aren’t.

Due to her own experiences, Crispin started a Web site called “Married to a Baller” to help other wives of pro athletes. She says that although their husbands can provide a privileged lifestyle, their lives are still real and their families face very real problems. Crispin notes that much of her relief in life has come from her faith. However, she says the blog-format Web site offers a way for her to relieve stress and hopefully help others to do the same.

Washington Wizards Forward Caron Butler’s wife, Andrea Butler, told CNN, “People believe that money makes life easy, and that’s not always so.” Between money and the media, many in Butler’s, Crispin’s and Nordegren’s shoes may have learned to be very tight-lipped when it comes to their own families and feelings. However, no matter how big the balance may be in the bank account, everyone could use someone to listen without passing judgment … and sometimes can be found at your fingertips and your very own URL.

CNN contributed to this report.

by Amanda Salem

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