In a recent episode of The Pivot Podcast, Channing Crowder, a former Dolphins linebacker, called Wilson a “square” and accused Ciara of being with Russell Wilson for his money.
“If Russell didn’t have that bread, Ciara wouldn’t be with him,” Crowder said.
Crowder also speculated that Ciara had made a wrong move by leaving Future for Wilson.
“You don’t leave Future and get with Russell Wilson. It’s a type. Everybody has a type … and I love him on the field, but he’s f**king square,” he said before calling Wilson a “goofball.”
Although the Wilsons did not publicly respond to Crowder’s comments, his words sparked online outrage and opened up a lot of discussion around toxic relationships, misogynoir and good guys.
Ciara has had a successful musical career for two decades and has also had successful business ventures throughout her 20-year career. In 2014, Ciara broke off her engagement with Future after news broke that he had cheated on her. She met Wilson in 2015, and the duo got married in July 2016. On Twitter, Crowder reinforced his comments by tweeting out a photo of Wilson at the NFL draft in 2012, next to his then-girlfriend Ashton Meem.
His unsavory comments caused fans online to discuss women who leave toxic and unhealthy relationships with partners who seem “cool” and “macho” to create lasting relationships with partners who are deemed as “nice guys.”
Many fans pointed out that they would prefer to be with someone who seemed “corny” but with who they could ultimately build a beautiful, healthy and sustainable relationship with, rather than being with someone who they would constantly worry about.
Crowder’s comments also opened up conversations about the misogynoir that is often directed toward Black women and the idea that Black women have to be with abusive, noncommittal partners. Ciara’s relationship with Russell has attracted a lot of admiration from fans, with fans asking her about Ciara’s Prayer and what she prayed for before landing a man like Wilson.
Wilson recently sent out a tweet of a Bible verse that fans are speculating was directed toward Crowder.