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Seattle Seahawks press release announcing Russell Wilson's divorce raises suspicions [VIDEO]

Greg Archuleta
By Greg Archuleta (gregory.archuleta@comcast..net) @GeigaSr
on Apr 23, 2014 07:12 PM EDT
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Ashton Wilson
Ashton Wilson, wife of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson posing for a photo with a young fan. (Photo : Twitter)

This is news not typically shared on a team's official website.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson is getting a divorce. While that is not earth-shattering news, what is unusual is that Wilson broke the story in a statement released by the Seahawks.

"I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce," it read. "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."

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A lot of those media outlets are publicly questioning a team release informing the media of a star player's divorce.

"Given Wilson's popularity, word would have eventually gotten out, via the avenues that pursue celebrity relationships," profootballtalk.nbcsports.com reported. "Announcing it via the team seems an unusual step, since many other players get divorced every year."

From Deadspin.com, "So this is ... weird. Not the divorce, obviously, but the fact that the news was broken by the team. Which leads us to think Wilson's hoping to get out in front of something. Know more? Email us."

So even if Wilson was trying to be proactive and media savvy in getting in front of the story, rather than having to react to it when the story broke, he still is facing controversy.

According to ESPN, Wilson and Ashton Meem were married shortly before Wilson was drafted by the Seahawks in April of 2012. They began dating in high school.

Deadspin posted a video of Ashton's reaction when Wilson learned he was drafted in 2012, saying Ashton was "probably best known for her screaming reaction."

Do you think that the Seahawks issuing a press release announcing Russell Wilson's divorce is unusual enough to warrant suspicion of a greater story? Comment below or tell us @SportsWN.

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