The month of May has not been kind to Dirk Nowitzki(notes). After leading his Dallas Mavericks to a first-round playoff series upset, he suddenly trails the Nuggets 2-0 in the Western semis while being pushed around by physical Denver defenders and stubborn TNT personalities alike. And now? Now, he's got woman problems.
Dallas police officers arrested 37-year-old Cristal Taylor (seen here) Wednesday morning at Nowitzki's house on a fraud warrant. She is being held on a theft of services charge out of Jefferson County in southeast Texas and a probation violation from St. Charles, Mo.
According to CBS 11 News sources, the German hired a private investigator to check into Taylor's background and the gumshoe found that she had used at least eight different aliases in the past including Chrystal Ann Taylor, Crystal Ann Taylor, Crystal Ann Santiago and Crista A. Westerhays. How original.
Taylor was initially believed to be "just staying at Dirk's house," pumping David Hasselhoff tunes by the pool and what not, but new reports claim that an anonymous friend says Nowitzki and Taylor were engaged — and that she is pregnant. Apparently, the two have been living together for over a year. This raw video of Dirk interacting with Cristal seems to support the claim.
Nowitzki had little to say Thursday about the incident other than he's going through a tough time in his personal life right now and that he's not at the point where he's comfortable to talk about it yet. Makes sense.
With that said, the All-Star forward says he'll be "ready to play" Game 3 on Saturday, so maybe he'll take some of his frustrations out on the Nuggets. It wouldn't be the first time a NBA superstar destroyed his on-court opposition amidst off-the-court distractions.