South Florida residents recognize the name Sale Johnson. The socialite was once married to the owner of the National Football League's New York Jets and married ex-football player and broadcaster Ahmad Rashad.
The second celebrity marriage now appears to be nearing a high-profile divorce. Reports say Sale Johnson walked away with $100 million after a 2001 divorce from the Jets' owner. Johnson's individual net worth is reportedly protected from her second husband by a "watertight" prenuptial agreement.
Reports say arguments over finances are one reason the Johnson-Rashad marriage is ending. A second reason for the split appears to be friendships the sports broadcaster cultivated with golfer Tiger Woods and former basketball star Michael Jordan -- men whose fame includes well-publicized extramarital affairs and divorces. Jordan reportedly lived at the couple's posh home in Jupiter for more than a year before Sale asked Jordan to leave.
Rashad and Johnson formally adopted Johnson's granddaughter after the child's mother Casey Johnson, Sale's daughter, passed away in 2010. Published reports included no speculation over the child's custody or support.
The marriage to Sale Johnson is Rashad's fourth marriage. The couple's home in an exclusive Florida community is supplemented by a $10 million New York apartment. Rashad separately purchased a smaller home in Palm Beach Gardens for $350,000.
Rashad had a highly visible football career until 1982. The former athlete then turned his talents to NBC and ABC television sports commentary. The Emmy-winner and four-time Pro Bowl star now broadcasts for NBA TV Atlanta.
Observers predict the couple's divorce will not be a financial boon for Rashad. The prenuptial agreement allegedly bars Rashad from sharing equally in his wife's wealth.
Asset protection through prenuptial contracts has become standard for celebrity marriages. Couples out of the public eye have also found benefits in premarital contracts. Spouses entering marriage with the knowledge of separate and marital finances have reduced settlement shock, should the marriage fail to survive.
Source: sportsworldreport.com, "Ahmad Rashad Divorce From Sale Johnson Tied To Relationship With Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods?" Matthew Jussim, Jan. 17, 2013