San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan’s 12-year marriage is officially over.
The Huffington Post reports the couple held a secret hearing Tuesday that was not held at the Bexar Courthouse, but instead at the offices of Tim Duncan’s lawyer, Sue Hall. State District Judge David A. Canales granted the divorce between Duncan and his college sweetheart, Amy during his lunch hour.
Several court observers saw the special request as unusual given that so-called “home” visits by judges are not normally afforded to the general public.
Canales said it was not out of the ordinary for a judge to hold an on-the-record hearing off-site, though it was the first time he has been asked to do it. Hall requested the off-site hearing to eliminate the possibility of paparazzi and fans swarming the couple. The couple and their lawyers were both present.
Notice of the hearing appeared nowhere on any public docket. Canales said when a judge gets an agreement in a divorce case it is not necessary to give public notice of a hearing.
The terms of the divorce, such as the division of assets and which parent gets custody of their two children, were not immediately released. There was very little explanation given for the breakup.
Amy Duncan initiated the divorce proceedings on March 27 citing “discord or conflict of personalities between petitioner and respondent that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship.” Tim Duncan responded with a counter-petition. He also hired a private investigator, Robert Pizzurro, to explore Amy’s relationship with a personal trainer Gilbert R. Urbano Jr. for the filings.
Urbano said he was “unfamiliar” with why his name appeared repeatedly in the Duncan’s divorce proceedings, including why one document asks a judge for an order barring Urbano from being around the children at any time or at any place.
The Duncans were college sweethearts at Wake Forest University, where Tim starred on the Deacons basketball team and Amy was a cheerleader. Tim graduated in 1997 and was the first overall pick in the NBA draft, made by the Spurs.
The couple married on July 21, 2001, and have a daughter and a son, records show.