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Let's Back Off Jay Cutler (For Once): Fiance Kristin Cavallari Clears Up Proposal Story

By: Kim O'Hara | Posted: February 08, 2013

If you've ever wondered just how deeply Jay Cutler is disliked among NFL fans, this week's tabloid-tale-turned-NFL-headline should settle it. The following anecdote from Kristin Cavallari made the media rounds yesterday, accompanied with varying measures of "that's so Cutler"-type jabs:

"It was so silly. I was in the airport, leaving Chicago. We had just spent however many days together and we were texting and somehow it came up, like, 'Oh, shall we get married?' We're like, 'Yeah, OK.' And then he sent my ring in the mail. So I actually had my ring sitting at home for a couple of weeks before I put it on."

Yikes. Those of us whose familiarity with the Bears quarterback extends to sideline-pouting and lineman- shoving not only believed the story, we added it to our mental list of reasons we'd never want Cutler on our football team (sorry, Chicago fans).

But wait just one moment! Could a quote have been taken out of context and spun wildly out of control? Surely not with today's high integrity 24-hour news cycle. Cavallari tweeted yesterday:

She makes a fair point. I first heard about the story when Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon discussed the story on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, a debate-centric sports program that typically spends 30 minutes discussing the merits of last night's worst plays or most exciting games. Nearly a week removed from the Super Bowl, we are running low on eye-catching NFL headlines, but surely there was something even mildly more interesting? Or actual football-related? 

After publicly decrying the story, Cavallari spoke with Access Hollywood to set the record straight. As it turns out, the couple, who had gotten publicly engaged in 2011 after a romantic visit to Cabo San Lucas before publicly breaking off the engagement, decided to reunite after just three weeks apart. The decision to get officially re-engaged happened via text and, because the two were going to be apart for a few months, Cavallari requested the ring be mailed to her.

Honestly? The story sounds reasonable enough. If a couple, who became engaged on the heels of a well-planned, romantic proposal in Cabo, decides to get back together shortly after a broken engagement, should the woman sincerely expect her beau to re-go the whole nine yards? I'd venture a guess that a better-liked quarterback like, say, Tom Brady, who started dating Gisele Bündchen immediately after breaking up with his pregnant ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan with little-to-no media blowback, wouldn't garner the negative attention this Cutler-Cavallari non-story has generated. Based on her comments to Access Hollywood, it sounds like Cavallari might be in agreement:

“He is [getting hammered]! I feel like sports writers are worse than tabloids – it’s kind of crazy. They’re not going to give him a break on this! He’s a really great guy – he just gets a bad rap here and there. People are making it a big deal when it’s really not at all.”

If this story has taught me anything, it's that I sincerely cannot wait for the combine, free agency and the draft. You know, actual football content. 


Kim O'Hara is the Associate Editor of She is an avid fan of sports in general, but the NFL in particular. She has also been a contributor to ESPN the Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @KimOHaraTFG    

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