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“Cause He Wasn’t Invited”: Startling Details From Daniel Waller and Kelce Plum’s Wedding Point to Behind the Scenes Reason for Unexpected Trade

Published 04/11/2023, 2:06 PM EDT

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A wedding, a leaked announcement, and a sudden trade – it sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie. But this is the real-life drama that unfolded between NFL player Darren Waller, his former coach, and his now-wife, WNBA star Kelsey Plum. It’s the stuff of tabloid headlines and Hollywood gossip, but this time, it’s happening in the world of professional football. 

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The story of Darren Waller’s trade from the Las Vegas Raiders to the New York Giants has been a subplot buried under the heavy hitters of this offseason. But the truth behind the trade unravels a truly nasty web of workings within the Raiders organization. All strapped in? Let’s dive right in!

Tracing the path leading to the Darren Waller trade


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The rumors have been in the air for a while. Darren Waller and WNBA Superstar Kelsey Plum have been dating for quite some time. It was only a matter of time before the two were to get married. But privacy was of paramount importance for the athlete power couple. The two got married just a few days before the NFL Scouting Combine but kept the wedding under wraps. That’s where Raiders HC Josh McDaniels came into the picture. 

Josh McDaniels accidentally revealed that Waller was getting married to WNBA star Kelsey Plum during the NFL Scouting Combine. The news of Waller’s impending nuptials was then published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, prompting Waller to be upset with McDaniels.


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The real story behind the trade 

The wedding went ahead as planned, but the seeds of contempt between McDaniels and Waller had already been planted. Soon after, Kelsey Plum herself fueled this speculation when she responded to a tweet by former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III. 


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Not much later, Waller found himself being shipped to the New York Giants. 


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Of course, this is all speculation at this point. It’s entirely possible that the trade had nothing to do with Waller’s wedding or his relationship with McDaniels. However, the fact that Plum felt compelled to respond to Griffin’s tweet suggests that there may be more to this story than meets the eye. The trade was especially shocking given that McDaniels had only recently announced that Waller was a part of the Raiders’ future plans. Something fishy was certainly brewing under the wraps, and now you have the full scoop!

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Armaan Gupta

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Armaan Gupta is an NFL Writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Media and Communication from a prestigious university. Gupta's love for football spans different leagues, from NFL to College Football to XFL.

Edited By: Hitesh Nigam