The wife of NFL tight end Darren Waller, WNBA guard Kelsey Plum, says her husband may have been traded because their coach wasn’t invited to their wedding.
Waller was traded from the Las Vegas Raiders to the New York Giants on Tuesday, moving him across the country from Plum, who plays for the Las Vegas Aces. The two had just married earlier this month.
Plum reacted Tuesday to a tweet from former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III who said Raiders coach Josh McDaniels may have traded Waller as a wedding gift.
«Darren Waller JUST MARRIED Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces and Josh McDaniels wedding gift was to trade him to the New York Giants. McDaniels is NOT a romantic,» Griffin III wrote.
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Plum replied, «Probably because he wasn’t invited to the wedding lol.»
News of Tuesday’s trade comes just 10 days after Waller and Plum tied the knot, according to The Athletic. McDaniels had accidentally leaked the news of the wedding while he was speaking to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Waller was reportedly upset with McDaniels after the Las Vegas Review-Journal announced the March 4 wedding date on social media. The couple, who had been dating since last year, had not publicly revealed their plans to get married.
McDaniels had said just two weeks ago that Waller «will be a big part of what we do going forward.» But the Raiders had been shopping around for the Pro Bowl for more than a year as they searched for more draft picks, the NFL Network reported.
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The Raiders acquired a third-round pick in the Waller trade.
Waller has four years left on his contract with the Raiders after signing a three-year contract extension worth $51 million in September, but the Giants are only guaranteed to pay him $11 million for the 2023 season since there is a clause exclusion after this. year.
The star tight end has dealt with injuries the past two seasons. He was placed on injured reserve last season with a hamstring strain that had bothered him during training camp. In 2021, he missed time due to ankle and knee sprains.
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But Waller was very productive the previous two seasons, totaling 1,145 yards with three touchdowns in 2019 and 1,196 yards with nine touchdowns in 2020.
Plum, meanwhile, is preparing for the upcoming WNBA season, which begins in May. The No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, Plum averaged 20 points and five rebounds per game in 2022. She also won her first WNBA title, was named All-Star Game MVP, and won a gold medal with Team USA. USA in the FIFA Basketball World Cup. .
Andrew Mark Miller of Fox News contributed to this report.