Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said Wednesday that he “made the difficult decision to file for divorce” from wife Ashton, according to a statement through the team. Bob Condotta reports for the Seattle Times.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is getting divorced from his wife of more than two years, Ashton, he announced in a statement Wednesday.
“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce,’’ said Wilson in a statement released to media outlets through the Seahawks. “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 had known 26-year-old Ashton since they attended high school in Richmond, Va., and according to previous stories, began dating while each went to college.
They were married on January 14, 2012 at The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. According to a 2012 story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the wedding featured “a dramatic winterscape of 20 full-size trees’’ and a ”reception for 300 guests soared off the charts as Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters took to the stage.”
Wilson was selected a few months later in the third round by the Seahawks, and surprised many observers by being named the team’s starting quarterback before the season. He became an almost immediate sensation by leading Seattle to an 11-5 record and a playoff win in 2012, tying an NFL rookie record with 26 touchdown passes.
Wilson then led Seattle to its first Super Bowl title this year, a 43-8 win over Denver on February 2nd in New Jersey, following a 13-3 regular season record.
Wilson, 25, is entering the third season of a four-year rookie contract. He cannot renegotiate that contract until after the 2014 season, under terms of the NFL’s Labor agreement.
After filing for divorce Wilson may also face negotiations for alimony, called “spousal maintenance” in the state of Washington. According to Seattle Attorney Allen Glass, there is no uniform standard for determining the proper duration of a maintenance award in Washington. The amounts and duration of maintenance awards are usually decided by judges, using a list of factors. The court will look at the length of the marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage, the difference in incomes of the spouses, the age and health of the spouses, and time necessary for a spouse to get reintegrated back into the workforce.