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Golden Tate again denies he had an affair with Russell Wilson’s wife

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate again has issued a vehement denial regarding apparently still-persistent rumors that he had an affair with the wife of then-teammate Russell Wilson before the Seattle Seahawks quarterback and his high school sweetheart split.

“I did not have an affair with Russell Wilson’s wife, nor did I have anything to do with his divorce,” Tate told the Cauldron. “That is laughable for anyone who knows us. His ex-wife, Ashton, is still best friends with my girlfriend. Russell and I were good friends when I was in Seattle, on and off the field — he knows the rumors about me were unfounded, damaging to my reputation, and an attack on my character.”

Why exactly the topic again reared its ugly head at this point is unclear, but Tate has maintained ever since the rumors surfaced that things couldn’t be further from the truth.

About a month after Tate signed a five-year, $31 million deal with the Lions in March, the receiver took to Twitter to blast all those who were spreading the rumors that he and Ashton were romantically involved while vehemently denying the veracity of any reports that speculated otherwise.

When Wilson filed for divorce from his wife in April, he issued a statement through the team requesting privacy (via For the Win):

“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce,” Wilson’s statement 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 matter.”

Meanwhile, Wilson also seemed to question the accuracy of the gossip-mongering, asking in a tweet to back off Tate.

Whatever the reasons behind the rumors surfacing — and Tate addressing them — at such a late date unlikely will have any effect on Wilson’s preparations for Seattle’s NFC Championship Game showdown with the Green Bay Packers Sunday.

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