Ahmad Rashad is a famous broadcaster and former professional athlete. Sale Johnson is the ex-wife of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and is a well-known socialite in the South Florida area. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right?
According to the New York Post, all is not well in the Rashad-Johnson household. Reports say that the couple, who have been married since 2007, are currently on the rocks and are heading towards a divorce.
The marriage was the fourth one for Rashad, while Johnson had previously split from her husband Woody Johnson in 2001. Johnson is a popular socialite in the South Florida area and is worth nearly $100 million. According to the Post, the immense amount of money is one reason for the rocky relationship.
Sources also told the Post that Rashad's constant hanging out with athletes like Michael Jordan and Tigers Woods is causing some friction between the two.
"He plays golf with Tiger Woods. He's also close friends with Michael Jordan, who was living with them for over a year," the source said. "Sale has asked him to move out. Things appear to be very bitter. He is trying to get her banned from his country club in Florida."
Rashad has a number of step-children from the marriage, including Johnson's granddaughter Ava, who was the child of Casey Johnson, who passed away in 2010. The couple adopted the child according to the Post. Rashad has been married three other times, including to "Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen, who he famously proposed to on national television in 1985. The couple split in 2001 and had a daughter together.
The couple lives in an upscale community in Jupiter, Florida, and according to the Post source, has a prenumpual agreement. Rashad, according to Palm Beach County records, owns a modest $350,000-house in the nearby Palm Beach Gardens gated community of Frenchman's Creek.
From the Post: "Sale has a watertight prenup with Ahmad, so if they divorce, he won't be walking away with tens of millions." The source added that former Vikings wide receiver and Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Rashad, while he serves as a studio host for NBA TV Atlanta, "spends a lot of time with Jordan and his buddies, golfing."
When Johnson split from her husband Woody, the Post says she received up to $100 million in a settlement. The couple has a $10 million apartment in New York City apart from the house in Florida.
According to the Post, "Rashad's agent, Tony Burton, declined to comment last night. Sale didn't respond to e-mails and phone calls."
Rashad was a former NFL player for the St. Louis Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings, where he played from 1976 to 1982. He made 495 career receptions for 6,831 yards and 44 touchdowns after coming out of Oregon as a first round pick, taken fourth overall in the 1972 Draft.
Rashad made what is known in Minnesota as the "Miracle Catch", after making a play on a Hail Mary pass from Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer that sealed a 28-23 victory and a division title for the team.
During his career, Rashad was named to four Pro Bowls and was a second-team All-Pro selection in 1979. Following his playing career he became a well known broadcaster for many years with NBC Sports as well as ABC. He covered all types of events, including NFL and NBA games as well as clip shows and studio broadcasts.