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Did you hear the rumor circulating that Shannon Brown was causing dissention amongst the Laker team because he slept with Pau Gasol’s girlfriend Silvia Lopez Castro? No? Well, Shannon blew it up yesterday when he hit his Twitter page to clear up any rumors that he stepped out on his wife, singer Monica, with his teammate's lady (with extra exclamation points and all caps for emphasis). Brown wrote, "Ok let me put a end to this right now before it goes any further. I DID NOT SLEEP WITH @paugasol woman!!! First and last time addressing it!"
Before this blast, it was Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, who was said to be the one who broke up Gasol’s happy home after urging his girlfriend to leave him, which sparked chatter that Kobe and Pau were at odds.
All of these rumors seem to be an attempt to explain why Gasol uncharacteristically underperformed in the Lakers playoff series’ with the Hornets and the Mavericks.