Navratilova’s ex-lesbian lover threatens to air dirty laundry

Looks like Martina Navratilova might return to a court, but not a tennis court. The tennis legend is immersed in an ugly — and juicy — breakup with Antoinette Layton-Lambert, her estranged partner of eight years.

Layton-Lambert, a former PR exec, is threatening to tell everything she knows. Navratilova apparently offered her $200,000 as a settlement of their affairs. Layton-Lambert found the amount unsatisfactory. And now she’s threatening to expose Navratilova’s dirty laundry if she doesn’t give Layton-Lambert what she wants.

Layton-Lambert told the New York Post: “There are a lot of skeletons in Martina’s closet. It is more like a storage facility full of them, and I know them all.”

But the nine-time Wimbledon champ is known for ruthlessly destroying her opponents. Florida, where the women live, doesn’t recognize gay marriage or civil unions, thus limiting compensation for jilted partners. And with that, Navratilova may have an advantage.

If you’ll remember, Navratilova and her other former partner, Judy Nelson, had a "galimony" dispute. After an ugly split, Nelson ended up with and out-of-court settlement, keeping the home they shared in Aspen. The final sum was never revealed, but Nelson sued for about $8 million — half of what Navratilova earned during their relationship.

Cyclists panicked about AIDS ride
Dallas Wild Stallions worry about meeting California goals

WILD RIDER: Dallas cyclist Randy Martin.

Among the many victims of the weak economy: charities. And 10 of the dozen Dallas Wild Stallions cyclists are having a tough time raising $3,000 goal to participate in the AIDS Life/Cycle, a 545-mile seven-day bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles, May 31-June6.

Last year, 2,500 participants raised more than $11 million, with the help of a two-member Dallas Stallions team. For 2009, a 12-member Dallas team signed up (including four females), but according to Wild Stallion cyclist Randy Martin, a four-time Lone Star Ride participant, they’re feeling the pinch.

"We’re kind of panicking," Martin says.

Some Wild Stallions are hovering around the $200 mark. Martin is at $1,730.

The team is currently planning a fundraiser at a local wine cellar. But if y’all want to help out, you can go directly to the site and donate to individual Dallasites— just search "Wild Stallions" and you can contribute directly to a team member.

Attention, bodybuilding chasers: The Ronnie Coleman Classic hits the Mesquite Convention Center this weekend. And if you like muscles on parade, bring a camera.

Of course the big "finals" contest at 7 p.m. is a big to-do (admission, $30-$50). But a stroll through the convention center during pre-judging, which begins at 8 a.m., is heaven for any steroid gawkers (admission $15.)

Featuring: bodybuilding, figure, fitness and bikini divisions; Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson; and strongman and arm wrestling contests.

— Daniel A. Kusner

Mesquite Convention Center, exhibit halls A and B, 1800 Rodeo Dr. April 18.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 17, 2009.
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