Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said that he and his wife Ashton Meem Wilson are getting a divorce, after two years of their marriage. On Wednesday, Superbowl-winning star made an announcement that he has filed for divorce from his wife Ashton. Russell Wilson and the divorce news story surprised many of his fans.
The Seahawks made the announcement and issued a statement, saying the decision was not easy for him, and he respectfully asked for privacy in this hard time. He also mentioned that he will have no more comment on this personal affair. Teams do not normally come into a player’s personal life but, in this case, the Seahawks issued a statement on Wilson’s behalf.
The couple was married on 14 January 2012 at The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, just three months before Wilson was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft. During his first two seasons in the league, the pair had been seen at Seahawks events.
The sudden announcement of Russell Wilson’s divorce may sound odd to many, because the couple began seeing each other while in high school, and have been together ever since. She at first attended the University of Georgia, and then transferred to North Carolina State University to get closer to Wilson, where he was playing at the time. They, however, had to maintain a long-distance relationship for a while, and finally were engaged in August 2010, just five months before Wilson transferred to Wisconsin.
Wilson, 25 years old, is going to enter the third season of a four-year rookie contract. He can’t renegotiate that agreement until after the 2014 season, under terms of the NFL’s Labor agreement.
Ashton Meem graduated with a communications degree, and then followed Wilson when he transferred to University of Wisconsin in Madison. It is difficult stay in one place while dating a professional sportsperson like Russell Wilson. The couple went back to North Carolina to get married, then three months after, moved to Seattle as Russell got drafted. Ashton has lived so many places because of her husband’s profession. She is reportedly a total dog lover and so is Wilson; the pair has three dogs together, named Cali, Penny, and Prince.
Wilson, whose jersey number is three, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and bred in Richmond, Virginia; Wilson began playing football with his brother and father at when he was four. He said that his father, Harrison Benjamin Wilson, who was a lawyer played football too.
Although Russell Wilson is getting a divorce. He became a devout Christian when he was only 14 years old, as he said he saw Jesus Christ in a dream. Wilson sometimes references his faith in interviews and press conferences. He also posts Bible verses regularly on his Twitter page. He loves his community so much that during the NFL season, Wilson makes weekly visits on his days off to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, and has also visited with soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He says that visiting Seattle Children’s Hospital is his favorite part of the week.
By Rahad Abir