WNBA star Kelsey Plum talks ‘tough’ offseason after filing for divorce from Giants’ Darren Waller

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Two-time WNBA champion Kelsey Plum described the offseason as “tough” in her first public remarks since news of her divorce from New York Giants tight end Darren Waller broke last month. 

In an interview with FOX 5 Vegas’ Paloma Villicana Friday, Plum said the challenges she faced in the offseason, seemingly referencing the divorce, have helped strengthen her both on and off the court. 

Darren Waller embraces his wife Kelsey Plum

NFL player Darren Waller embraces Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces after Game 1 of the first round of the 2022 WNBA Playoffs Aug. 17, 2022, at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas. (David Becker/NBAE via Getty Images)

“The offseason has been tough for me. I mean, I’m sure everyone knows – it’s pretty public. But, for me, I’m super grateful. I think my faith has grown tremendously and, not just that, but I know who I am. You kind of get refined by fire.”

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“I’m excited about this season. I’m excited about Las Vegas — trying to run it back again — and I know that our fans are with us. I know this organization is with us. I know that our team is as tight as it’s ever been.” 

A'ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum celebrate championship

A’ja Wilson, left, and Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces laugh onstage during the team’s WNBA championship victory parade and rally at Toshiba Plaza Oct. 23, 2023, in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Las Vegas Aces star posted a cryptic message on social media last month aimed at her relationship. 

“I’m devastated. I walked through fire for that man, but now I see it’s time to go,” she wrote in a message posted to X. 

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“God has given me an incredible life, and I’m truly so grateful for the profound love from my family and friends. One day I’ll share my story, today is not that day. Thank you for the grace to process my pain, to forgive and move forward. Today and everyday I will continue to choose joy.” 

Online records in Clark County confirm the couple filed for divorce April 23. 

Kelsey Plum dribbles ball

Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces dribbles the ball during a game against the Dallas Wings Sept. 29, 2023, at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.  (Cooper Neill/NBAE via Getty Images)

Waller, who was playing for the Las Vegas Raiders at the time, and Plum were married March 4, 2023. Days later, he was traded to the Giants. 

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Plum is a two-time WNBA champion, winning both titles with the Aces in 2022 and 2023. 

The Aces will begin their journey for a three-peat next week when they open the season Tuesday in a game against the Phoenix Mercury. 

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