In the 1980s, baseball star Steve Garvey's romantic road yielded multiple affairs, an unflattering tell-all book by his ex-wife Cyndy ("The Secret Life of Cyndy Garvey") and children out of wedlock.
And at one point after his divorce, two of his three girlfriends became pregnant. In its heyday, Atlanta's Gold Club was a favorite stop for professional athletes of every description, and the "entertainers" there were known to take special care of its athletic customers.
Sideline reporter Erin Andrews fell prey to a peeping tom videographer, whose work ended up all over the Internet.
And baseball analyst Steve Phillips (pictured) was fired along with a 22-year-old production assistant when an affair between the two of them became public. In the 1980s, it wasn't uncommon for baseball players to have girlfriends on the side.
But that issue didn't get much discussion in the mainstream media until Margo Adams filed a multimillion-dollar palimony suit against Red Sox star Wade Boggs in 1988.
By taking a combative stance toward steroid accuser Brian Mc Namee and nosy media types, former pitching great Roger Clemens brought unwanted scrutiny into his personal life. He carried on a relationship with country singer Mindy Mc Cready, dating back to her teenage years.
Mc Cready didn't deny the affair, but she declined to offer much detail. The sports media has had its share of sex scandals, but ESPN has been especially hard hit in recent years.
Ben Roethlisberger has twice been accused of sexual assault -- first in a 2009 case in Lake Tahoe and then a year later in a Georgia college town.