Raymond Felton has had a bad season this year with the New York Knicks. Some have blamed it on his weight. Others have claimed he's simply better suited to be a backup point guard in the NBA. Almost no one has thought about off-court distractions coming into play for Felton. However, now that news has broken that his wife has filed for divorce perhaps Felton's personal life needs to be brought into question.
There's plenty of things Raymond Felton needs to work on. He needs to record more assists per game. He needs to improve his defense. He also needs to come to work in shape and without physical restrictions if he wants to remain the starting point guard of the New York Knicks. However, before doing any of that he'll need to get his personal life in order. What he does off the court clearly affects what he does on the court and the fact that he's having one of the worst seasons of his career at the same time that his marriage is ending is no coincidence.
Emily Smith of the New York Post's Page Six reports Felton's wife has filed for divorce after only 19 months of marriage.
Beautiful 26-year-old law student Ariane, who married 29-year-old Felton in 2012, filed for divorce Tuesday in Manhattan, Page Six can exclusively reveal. A second source confirmed Felton has personally been served with divorce papers, although the grounds for divorce were not clear Tuesday night.
Ariane is a first-year student at Fordham University School of Law. She previously graduated Cornell was a paralegal at the corporate law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
The two were wed on July 28, 2012 after dating for a number of years. The reasons for the split are unknown at this time.
What's clear is that it is extremely difficult to concentrate on your job when your personal life is falling apart. Felton has plenty of flaws in his game. At this point in his career Felton seems to translate to an above-average backup or a below-average starter. Unfortunately for the Knicks, they use him as the later.
If the Knicks could find a replacement starter for Felton the New York fans would likely look at Felton differently. In the NBA, and often in life, it's about finding the right fit. Where and how can you be the most affective?
Apparently Felton is running into the same problems in his personal life. Struggling on the court doesn't make you a bad person. By all accounts, Felton's a good man. However, no one knows what happens behind closed doors when these athletes are home.
Maybe he doesn't treat her right. Maybe she doesn't treat him right. Maybe she can't take the NBA lifestyle. It's hard to say without intimate knowledge of the relationship what has led to Ariane filing for divorce.
In the end, it doesn't matter. Quite frankly, it's really no ones business but Raymond and Ariane's. It's hard to tell how much this has played into Felton's struggles this season. Maybe he's just played poorly and this has nothing to do with it. You'd have to think it couldn't help though. Knicks 101 wishes both parties the best.
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