With his contract negotiations ongoing, Russell Wilson should be making like Scrooge McDuck right about now, limbering up for his daily dip in the money pool. Instead, he’s stuck soaking in the abstinence tank.
It all started earlier this week, after the Seahawks’ quarterback sat down for an hour-long Q&A at The Rock Church in San Diego, where he revealed that he and his girlfriend, Ciara, are abstaining from sex until they are married – because God “spoke” to him, and encouraged him to lead her by taking “all that extra stuff off the table.”
“So I told her right then and there, what would you do if we…did it Jesus’ way?” Wilson told pastor Miles McPherson. “I knew that God had brought me into her life to bless her, and for her to bless me, and to bless so many people.”
All that blessing sounds exhausting. Of course, thanks to social media and the 24-hour news cycle, it didn’t take long for the hot takes to come streaming in, and sadly, they don’t show any sign of letting up. Yesterday, ESPN radio host Bomani Jones made some strong comments about the couple on Highly Questionable. That struck a nerve with fellow ESPN analyst Chris Broussard – who has made it rather clear in the past that he, too, loves doing it Jesus’ way – and the two launched into a lengthy debate that destroyed everybody’s Twitter feed.
@bomani_jones it’s got nothing to do with “controlling women.” It ain’t like Russell’s asking Ciara to do something that he’s not doing too
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 7, 2015
@Chris_Broussard bring me in here, tell me they’re purposely avoiding sex for “God,” and i will say the same. line em all up. i got this.
— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) July 7, 2015
But wait, there’s more! Also entering the fray was Chicago radio host Dan Bernstein, who went on the air Tuesday, discussed rumors that Wilson’s first wife had cheated on him with former teammate Golden Tate (Tate, it should be noted, vehemently denies this), then went right ahead and implied that Wilson might be gay.
“If you start to piece this all together, I think you come away with a pretty easy-to-reach conclusion here,” Bernstein said. “Don’t you just wish he could feel comfortable enough to be a little more truthful with all of it?”
“Put the pieces together. Everything that’s going on. All the strangeness,” he continued. “All of the stuff with the first wife, and the discomfort there…and this isn’t a new pattern.”
Still haven’t had enough? Well, how about coverage of Martellus Bennett clowning Wilson on Twitter? Or a think piece about “fetishizing abstinence in pop culture?” Hey, on the bright side, at least we’re done talking about “Deflategate,” right?