Seattle, WA- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson should be gearing up for NFL training camp which starts in July, but he has other pressing matters to take care of, namely a divorce from Ashton Meem, his wife of two years.
Wilson announced plans to divorce Meem on April 23rd and did so before the news agencies caught wind of the filing. Though it is unusual for the NFL to comment on the personal lives of their players, the Seattle Seahawks released a statement on his behalf:
“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce,” Wilson said in the statement. “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 did not divulge the reason the he was seeking divorce, but as he said it’s a private matter. It’s a sad reality, but relationships, no matter how solid they seem, fall apart.
The 25 year-old who helped his team clinch the Super Bowl married his soon-to-be-ex in 2012, a mere three months after he signed with the Seahawks. But his relationship with Meem began long before he became a professional athlete.
The couple met while they were attending high school in Virginia. She moved to North Carolina with him at the beginning of his college career at NC State. When we moved to Wisconsin to finish school, she moved with him, according to CBS Sports.
Being married to athlete is not easy on either partner. According to ESPN’s Mark Kriedler, the divorce rate among all professional athletes is generally estimated to be somewhere between 60 percent and 80 percent. That puts their divorce rate much higher than the 50 percent rate for other couples.
There are a host of reasons why pro-athletes find themselves in a divorce attorney’s office just a few years later. For one, being a pro-athlete makes rigorous demands on a person; they spend day after day in training, on the field and traveling from one game to the next. Their constant absence does not foster the intimacy required for a long-term and stable marriage.
Another issue that plagues pro-athletes is infidelity; some athletes find it difficult to be rich, famous and monogamous at the same time. Just like rock stars, pro athletes have their own groupies that are in every city they visit and are more than willing to have a tryst with a famous athlete.
Take Lamar Odom for example, he was happily married to Khloe Kardashian who is beautiful, has wealth and fame of her own, but their marriage fell apart because he was a cheater and a drug abuser. She was willing to help him beat the drug habit, but the infidelity, that’s just unforgivable. Khloe stood by him for a while but last December she filed for divorce however Lamar has yet to sign the divorce documents.
Kudos to Wilson though, he was wiser than other athletes and sought out a divorce attorney before things with Meem went south and a scandal ensued.