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Russell Wilson files for divorce

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on April 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm with 39 Comments »
April 23, 2014 5:54 pm

The Seahawks released a statement today from Russell Wilson:

“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter.”

Wilson married his wife, Ashton, in January of 2012.

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  1. vichawkfan says:

    Wondered why she’s been absent from a lot of his pub appearances for the past few months.
    Sad to hear. Maybe too much time at VMAC? Who knows.

  2. boycie99 says:

    Denver open at home to Colts on Sunday Night football. It’s starting to sound like Green Bay or the Tards for us

  3. No -Pre-Nup Aggrement ,Smart move by Wilson!

  4. freedom_X says:

    It could be seamier than that, and if I were forced to bet on it, I would say that it is. But I hope that I’m wrong.

    Russell Wilson has always to me seemed almost too good to be true, but I was/am always hoping for an exception to the rule. I still hope this turns out to be the case. The clean, “blameless” divorce is a rare one indeed.

  5. Southendzone says:

    Is he doing it so he’s single before he signs his mega deal next year?

    Is he going to date supermodels now?

    Is his boy scout image tarnished at all?

    Will it affect his focus on the field this year?

  6. Not going to cast stones. If there’s one thing Ive learned watching family and friends struggle through divorces, its that amicable ones are rarer than Hen’s Teeth.

    Nope, RW aint perfect, as a player or as a person. But Im not about to say a guy who won the SB his second year is less than great, nor judge him for a failed marriage. At least knowing as little as we do.

    But its disappointing.

  7. olyfoley says:

    “Wilson was married to his wife, Ashton, were married in January of 2012.”

    What happened ? Did the P-I fire all of it’s proof readers?

    Is English no longer spoken in Seattle?

    Gosh …he was married to his wife? Isn’t that news worthy.

    Wait a minute …who was married in January of 2012?

    A five year could write more coherently.

  8. Wow. I want to say that wilson has always seemed a little tiger woods ish to me. Hope I an wrong. A lot of money on the line for his wife if they stuck it out. Crazy world

  9. It only proves that RW3 is human. Marriage is hard work.

    I wish the best to both of them.

  10. olyfoley, maybe u should read a little better – this is the Tacoma News Tribune, not the PI…glass houses….

  11. seahawkNJ says:

    olyfoley- reread your last sentence. Epic fail…

  12. I used to hang out with Wilson’s aunt (his father’s sister) and her family quite a bit through mutual friends before he was drafted by the Seahawks.

    Everything you see about Wilson – faith, family, humility, kindness and education was true about his aunt and her family.

    Which makes this announcement really really surprising.

  13. freedom_X says:

    I doubt it will affect his focus – or did it? On the plus side, he won a Super Bowl in the midst of this. I doubt the events leading to their divorce just started in February, so he delivered under these circumstances.

    But I also thought that Wilson was not as consistent and accurate in the last half of the 2013 season. Taking into account the emphasis on defense and running, I still thought he missed a number of throws that I felt he would have made last year.

    I chalked it up to excessive expectations from myself, but maybe his focus was affected a bit by this.

    If there is a tawdry underside to this, it just means Wilson is a human being. But how much of his current love and reputation is because he was “truly a person too good to be true?”

    If he’s just a normal guy – even a nice guy with better integrity than most – how does that affect his national image? He’s no longer a unique character, and that’s what attracts a following – the unusual and/or exceptional.

  14. “It only proves that RW3 is human. Marriage is hard work.

    I wish the best to both of them”

    agreed. surprising news though.

  15. Sorry to hear this. Wish the best to both. Hope it’s at least somewhat “friendly,” cause despite his wishes for people to respect his privacy, we may be seeing both of their faces staring at us from the magazine rack in the supermarket checkout line for some time to come. Hope not, but from a reporter’s point of view this is potentially juicy. Could also be a storm of BS around it for some time.

  16. chuck_easton says:

    I do this for a living and it is never easy. The silver lining is no children. Divorce from a two year marriage is fairly simple, as long as the parties involved can keep it civil. Easier said than done.

    Half the time I’m doing psycho therapy and the other half I’m trying to make it as painless and inexpensive as possible.

    I wish them the best.

  17. ChrisHolmes says:

    The good news is, they don’t have any kids yet.

    Obviously we don’t know what happened, so anything we write here is speculation.

    For myself, I have often wondered, given how dedicated RW is to his craft and how much time he spends at the facility, if the marriage would work out. Without children in the house, what was Aston doing? What drove her? Inspired her? What was her passion project? Did she decide there wasn’t enough RW to go around? Or did they break up because one of them can’t have kids (seen that personally happen).

    Marriage is hard. It’s even harder if you’re both not on the same wavelength; if one person feels neglected, goals aren’t the same, etc.

    Wish them both the best.

  18. I have been wondering why she hasn’t been with him the past few months, too. It seems he’s been anywhere and everywhere and there was never a trace of her.

    Marriage is most definitely hard work. We almost pulled the plug a couple of times but we worked it out and are now doing better than we ever have for the past couple of years and we’re at 11 years and counting. I have a lot more pride in myself for working it out than I would have if we’d quit (although some circumstances dictate that “quitting” is the right alternative).

    I hope he wasn’t out running around and screwing anything and everything that many athletes do. It’s not a total knock on those athletes (most young and single people would do it if they could), but most athletes don’t claim to be so faith based either.

  19. chuck_easton says:

    Not that it matters in a situation where one of the parties is an NFL star and has earning potential of millions per season, but I can see why Wilson would have filed in Washington State.

    Washington is community property meaning an equal split of all assets acquired during the marriage, with an equal responsibility for all debt acquired during the marriage.

    As for spousal support, Washington is by far better than some states where this Divorce could have been filed. Washington has a 1 to 3 ratio, meaning 1 year of support for every 3 years of marriage. This was slightly more than 2 years of marriage. There won’t be a huge award for support. More likely it will be the division of property that defines this.

    But enough shop talk…

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Marriage can be difficult for a young QB, just look at Zorn, he was never the same QB after he got married.
    I just hope Wilson doesn’t hook up with someone like Miley Virus.

  21. WilliamPercival says:

    Something that jumped out to me in analyzing the word choice from Russell:

    “I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce.”

    Based on the way it’s written, Russell is the one who took the steps to file. It appears he had a reason for doing this. This is speculation, but as a hardcore RW fan who just named my son after the man, I believe his faith and beliefs would only see one reason to “file”.

    Matthew 5: 32 says “But I tell you, anyone who divorces his wife except for marital unfaithfulness causes her to become an adulteress.”

    This is just speculation on my part, of course, but offering my 2 cents. It certainly is painful, in any case, as a hardcore fan, as well as a jolting change in direction from the last year of Harmony we’ve experienced.

    Wishing these two a speedy and relatively peaceful split. Hang in there Russ..

  22. Wow, so many people assuming Russell was cheating. How sad.

  23. doubledink says:

    It really saddened me to learn of this. I feel for both of them and wish them the best. Marriage is real work. 35 years myself and there was a time I arrogantly thought it couldn’t happen to me. Little did I know that by 20 years she was thinking ‘when the kids are gone…’.

    But I can honestly say that working through it and coming out the other side, our relationship is better than it ever was, or could have been without the struggle. There was a time I would not have believed it possible.

  24. Not assuming it, just hoping it wasn’t the case. Could have been her. Could have nothing to do with either. We don’t know and nobody is pretending they know.

  25. ChrisHolmes says:

    I would guess if anyone was cheating it was her. He’s off at work 14+ hours a day, on the road, running his own minicamps, and she’s at home without kids or a job. She had to be lonely.

    I’m sure they both had their share of temptations at times. No one knows if either succumbed.

    Just a sad thing.

    I’ve been through a divorce (I initiated), and a broken engagement. Relationships can be very unfun when they go south.

  26. My first assumption was that they wanted kids and it didn’t work out and that caused the divorce. But they are both so young and married under two years, there is a lot more kid trying before throwing the towel in on the kids thing.

    Maybe she wasn’t good at assembling IKEA furniture.

  27. That fact that there is a press release about this is TOTALLY stupid.

    Get on with life – if it comes out great, if it doesn’t then who cares.

  28. Good people get divorced all the time. Doesn’t mean anything sinister was going down.

    If I had to guess, the thing that most here love about RW was a major problem with his marriage. He spends the majority of his time on football. Women don’t take kindly to being second fiddle generally. The amount of time that coaches and many players spend on thier craft is almost unbelievable.

  29. I hoped it was some kind of joke at first. Shocking turn of events. They seemed so happy together enjoying Seattle as newlyweds and doing all the cool charity work at the Children’s hospital and such. I feel bad for both of them. I’ve never been through divorce, but being married for 7 years, have gotten pretty damn close to it, especially early on before we had kids.

    I always knew we were building RW up to be superhuman, so the “too good to be true” effect is real. But with that said, I don’t think it’s fair. Nobody knows what caused the divorce, but I still won’t judge him even if he cheated on his wife. Obviously it’s nothing to be proud of if it did happen, but imagine being in his shoes: young, rich, charismatic and on the road away from his wife in big NFL cities. Nuff said.

    Third, whatever the reason for divorce, if it wasn’t working out and she wasn’t the one, better to do it now before they have any kids.
    With RW in line for a monster payday at the end of this season/early 2015, the timing works out very well for him, intentional or not.
    If she cheated on him, I agree with ChrisHolmes that I always wondered if she was ok with him having “no time to sleep”. It takes sacrifice to achieve goals and get to where we want in life sometimes. We all know that being a dedicated coach or a gym rat-type player like RW is not conducive to having a functional family dynamic.

    If Ashton did stray, poor guy if he really did love her.
    But I won’t feel too sorry for him because in a year from now he’ll still be young, obscenely rich from a new 9 figure contract, good looking, and single. With a second Super Bowl ring on his finger. Play on playa.

  30. In my opinion I don’t believe we have the right to even talk about why they are divorcing. It is there life not ours. Ours is to enjoy what Russell and his wife do for the community not their private life

  31. vichawkfan says:

    Purely my own take on Ashton , but she seemed like a chatter box. Watching her in Hawaii during Pro Bowl one, and in the stands first year …. Always talking someone’s ear off.
    Drive me nuts personally.

  32. Maybe him saying “too, as well” all the time was driving her crazy.

    Seriously, she had to be lonely.

    I am now worried about his play and all the speculation that will come from all sides.

  33. A lot of people other places and here are saying, hey he is going to be young, good looking and rich no problem moving on.”
    Where is the logic in that? While all those factors are true. It is going be EXTREMELY hard for RW to find a women who really loves him. There are MANY hot, gold digging women out there. Finding someone with pure motivation is gong to be almost impossible for him.

  34. vipermandan says:

    Why does everyone feel the need to speculate about the RW divorce? Are any of you him? Are any of you his wife? No, then you don’t know anything about what led to the end of there marriage. Leave it alone!

  35. bigmike04 says:

    why do people persum that she didn’t have a job when, she does as she was getting in to being a party planner…

    Thought just glade that it was mutal & that hopefully the next gal wouldn’t be into him for his money as he is in line for next pay day and no offensive but their are some females out their, who wouldn’t mind having not to work their rest of their life & live off their husband money & in the words of Kanye West: she a gold digger

  36. mattersnot1 says:

    Let’s pray they invest in some consulting and are able to mend their problems. The problems may not be as big as they think.

    Most likely they have too much on their plates to handle right now; trying to deal with Russell’s career and with the public constantly prying into their private lives.

  37. If you don’t want to read what people are speculating, stay the hell away from blogs! Common sense, folks. You can’t control other people and what they think or want to write about. If this kind of stuff bugs you that much, you need to go and learn some coping skills or something. Exercise control over what YOU can do, which is not read what others write if disagreeing with them bothers you so much.

    BTW Jawpeace, most people who say RW is golden are not saying he will find true love, if you know what I mean. They are living vicariously through him, saying he can sow as many wild oats as he pleases.
    Plenty of “love”, but you are right, hard to find real love when you make 10+ million a year. After this, who’s to say true love is what he wants, anyway? He can probably be more successful as a QB without a wife that is constantly competing for time, that way he can just live in the QB room inside the VMAC and become the G.O.A.T.

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