updated 11/18/2010 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/18/2010 AT 3:30 PM ET
Filed under their initials instead of names at a time when nobody outside the sports world knew who they were, the divorce proceedings last month of Erin and Brent Barry went unnoticed.
But now the Barry name is making headlines because of allegations that Erin exchanged hundreds of texts with Eva Longoria’s husband, Tony Parker, prior to Longoria filing her own divorce petition this week.
The breakup of the two marriages – and the rift between the two couples – is a tragic and seemingly sudden development.
The Barrys were among the closest friends of Parker and Longoria. Brent was a teammate of Parker’s on the San Antonio Spurs from 2004 to 2008, and the Barrys attended Parker’s lavish wedding in France in 2007.