Steve Nash enjoys a status as one of the most-loved athletes in American sport. He aided in the resurrection of the Phoenix Suns that is often credited for the revitalization of fun, fluid basketball. That favored status may help him in the near future: Nash announcing a divorce one day after announcing the birth of a child has been met with sympathy, not scrutiny.
Nash released a statement to Life & Style Magazine on Saturday explaining that he and wife Alejandra Amarilla have chosen to separate. That news came one day after Nash and Amarilla announced the birth of their third child, a son named Matteo.
Nash and Amarilla had been a couple for nine years, and married in 2005. Nash asked for privacy for himself and his family in the statement:
"While we have lived separately for the past several months, we remain firmly committed to raising our children in the most positive, nurturing way possible. I want only good things for Ale going forward; right now, I'm focused on ensuring that our children understand how much they're loved and adored by us as they continue to adjust to these changes. I would ask that their privacy, and ours as a family, be respected as we move forward."