For those of us on the outside looking in, it came as something of a surprise this past Wednesday when Wilson made the announcement, via a statement released by the Seahawks: “I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy.” Wilson married Ashton Meem just two years ago, before he was drafted to QB by Seattle in the third round. They had met in high school in Virginia and started dating in college. Meem even left the University of Georgia to join Wilson at North Carolina State, then transferred with him to Wisconsin.
On top of that, the two were active in the Seattle community, working with local charities and making weekly trips to the Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Honestly, we just try to keep our home life as normal as possible,” Meem told MyNorthwest.com last November. “We just try and keep it real, realize what my husband does is a job, it can change at any minute, and what really matters is we don’t change no matter what changes around our environment.”
Apparently Seattle’s victory over the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XLVIII changed the environment a little more than they could handle. The last public photo of the two together was taken the day after, when Wilson was invited to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman. It’s been all quiet on the Western front ever since. Meem has not made any public statements that we’re aware of at press time; Wilson’s statement indicates he’ll have nothing more to say about the matter, either.
If reading the tealeaves on Twitter is your thing, Wilson’s official handle is @DangeRussWilson, but you won’t find much more than the usual Bible scriptures and positive statements of community support. His first tweet after the divorce announcement was a retweet: “God never promises the absence of storms. He just promises to walk with us through them.”
For completeness sake, a cursory Google search doesn’t find that exact passage anywhere in the Bible (it might be a misquote, or from one of the several modern translations), but it does reveal that Christian recording artist Tammy Trent tweeted those words in June 2013, which were then retweeted by Miley Cyrus’ mother Tish after she called it quits with Billy Ray Cyrus. So now you have some words to fall back on after your impending celebrity divorce.
Things got even more interesting in Seattle over the weekend when the Seahawks reportedly hired former Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland as a “pre-draft consultant.” It’s unknown at this time whether Ireland’s services will be retained after the NFL Draft ends on May 10. Ireland and the Dolphins “mutually parted ways” in January after a perfect storm caused by the Richie Incognito Incident, some palace intrigue in the Fins front office, and back-to-back losses to finish the 2013 campaign out of the playoffs at 8-8 (9-7 ATS).
Ireland had some success at the draft after he was hired by Bill Parcells in 2008, taking OT Jake Long with their first pick that year and OT Mike Pouncey in 2011 – both gentlemen made the Pro Bowl. But Ireland also reportedly asked WR Dez Bryant before the 2010 Draft whether or not his mother was a prostitute. Then the Incident happened. Is this the kind of offseason Seahawks fans were hoping for? Don’t bet on it.