Dear Tony Parker: There's no such thing as safe texts
It's not as if celebs like Tony Parker and Eva Longoria don't know the risks by now — if there's anything we've learned from the likes of Brett Favre, Tiger Woods and Jesse James this year, it's that high-profile marriages and flirty messages don't mix.
Parker, the San Antonio Spurs point guard whom Longoria filed for divorce from Wednesday after three years of marriage, confirmed in a statement that he had not filed for divorce first in Texas and had not hired a divorce attorney at all. Hardly sounds like a roller-coaster relationship, as the two are still talking.
Longoria is seeking spousal support from Parker, who recently signed a $50-million contract with the Spurs that goes through 2014.
The "Desperate Housewives" actress found hundreds of text messages sent between her husband and Erin Barry, the wife of former Spurs teammate Brent Barry. The message exchange reportedly ended over the summer.
But rather than infidelity, the reason for the split was more about geography, according to an Access Hollywood source who said that, although Parker admitted texting another woman, there had been no sex involved — just flirting. "Desperate Housewives" shoots in Universal City; the Spurs take their shots in Texas, or wherever the team travels.
"It was a long-distance relationship — and that distance took its toll," the source said.
Oh, yeah, the Barrys are in the middle of a divorce too.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Eva Longoria and Tony Parker in San Antonio in 2006, before a Spurs game, and before they tied the knot. Credit: Eric Gay / Associated Press.