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“He Really Is a Preacher”: Reports of Russell Wilson and Ciara’s Dubious Charity Financials Creates Massive Wave of Interest From NFL World

Published 02/10/2023, 11:41 AM EST

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Over the years, Russell Wilson has been well-regarded because of his charitable endeavors. Alongside his wife Ciara, the QB started a charity known as the ‘Why Not You Foundation.’ But what was once commended is now being called into question.

Wilson has come under scrutiny because of an issue pertaining to not making the best of the charity’s resources. As a former Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Winner, this recent investigation casts the QB in a negative light. So, what went wrong with the charity?

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In a recent investigation by USA Today, Wilson’s charity was brought under the microscope.

Looking into charities established by Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winners, the investigation reportedly made certain discoveries. According to the report, the QB’s foundation spent $600,000 in 2020 and 2021 on noteworthy causes. But, they spent considerably more on the salaries of employees.


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The disproportion between donations and salaries raised some red flags. The report suggests that the foundation spent only 24.3 cents of every dollar it received on its charitable endeavors. Here’s what fans had to say on the issue.

The NFL world reacts to Wilson coming under scrutiny

The NFL world didn’t need another reason to take shots at Russell Wilson. After a dismal season sprinkled with extensive usage of ‘cringe phrases,’ fans took to Twitter to, once again, mick the QB. This user sardonically said.

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This year hasn’t been the best for Russell Wilson. His dismal performance largely contributed to the criticism he has been receiving. As of now, the QB is yet to address recent reports. As Wilson takes on the offseason, he will look forward to putting everything in the past as he embarks on a new chapter with Sean Payton at the helm of the Broncos‘ affairs.



Anika Gomez

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Anika Gomez is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She holds a degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Communicative English from the National School of Journalism and Public Discourse. Anika loves American Football, Formula 1, Basketball, and Tennis.

Edited By: Hitesh Nigam