UPDATE 03/13/2014: It’s one thing to welcome the player. It’s one thing to welcome the family. But Matthew Stafford’s girlfriend Kelly Hall went out of her way to welcome new Detroit receiver Golden Tate’s girlfriend Elise Pollard to Detroit City.
After Golden Tate signed with the Lions and gave Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson the reliable number 2 receiver they’ve desperately needed, Stafford’s girlfriend Kelly Hall took to Instagram to announce her excitement with the signing:
Pumped to have golden Tate..But probably more excited to have his girlfriend! #oowieoowieM
So there’s romances, and bromances. What is this? WAGmance? That sounds dumb. I’m ending this update.
Most of the world never heard of Golden Tate before last night (OK, Notre Dame fans, Seahawks fans, guys who like to drunkenly steal Maple Bars, and fantasy football sleeper junkies have heard of him). Golden Tate entered the national landscape last night with the catch that probably wasn’t against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. Tate was credited with the game winning TD catch, though most replays seem to indicate he didn’t actually come down with the ball.
You all know the catch. And after the game, Golden Tate’s girlfriend Elisa Pollard took to Twitter to brag about the catch and show off the game ball. Pollard tweeted the pic on the right as well as the saying, “Soo freaking happy 4 my baby! Both game balls!! Came out and dropped those 4 the hugs & kisses Love you!”
Elise Pollard is understandably supportive of Tate, and has many tweets showing Seahawk love and support. It’s not clear how long Tate and Pollard have been together for, and there’s very little information about her otherwise.
Tate has since been put in the uncomfortable position of trying to defend his catch, and the replacement referees. Tate took to Twitter to address some of the hate he’d receive and also argue his side: “Anyone want some entertainment , read my mentions. The refs made the call not me. I did my job and competed for the ball.”
What else was the kid supposed to say here? “Hell no I didn’t make that catch. I also shoved a dude in fromt of me!” Props to Tate for handling this as well as someone could expect him to.