Is it any wonder that Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer shuns social media? After losses on Saturday to Montreal and on Sunday to New Jersey, in which Reimer played just 22 minutes, a small but loud minority of Leafs fans blasted Reimer’s wife, April, on Twitter. Many of the immediate comments were vicious, the tame ones simply rude. “Hey @april_reimer, your husband is a siv what do you see in him?” tweeted one. “Divorce James right when he gets home, like seriously he’s garbage,” wrote another.
While it’s rare for the spouse of an athlete to face that type of vitriol, it’s not unknown. For whatever reason, whether it’s Caesar and Cleopatra or Wayne and Janet, the woman gets the blame and takes the flak. Here are a few contemporary examples (and one oldie) of that sort of misguided spousal blame.