According to a statement released by the former Michigan Wolverine “Fab 5” member on his Instagram Story, the couple had been separated for a year and are heading to the courts for a divorce.
“After being separated for almost a year, Molly and I have officially decided to go our separate ways. We both agree remaining friends and colleagues is the best course of action for our relationship moving forward. Please respect our privacy at this time.”
— Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) December 8, 2021
USA Today has reported that the 48-year-old Rose, who is also a former NBA player who spent the bulk of his professional career with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers filed for a dissolution of marriage on April 30 from his soon-to-be former wife, Qerim. The court documents were filed in Hartford County, Connecticut. The pair got married in July 2018.
The 37-year-old Qerim has been with ESPN since 2015 as a co-host on the popular Stephen A. Smith-led show First Take. Her role on the show is that of a moderator between Smith and the guests that appear on his show. Before former First Take co-host Max Hellerman left the show earlier this year, Qerim was the buffer between Smith and Hellerman while they exchanged opinions and commentary.
Before becoming an employee at ESPN, Rose had a long career playing basketball in the NBA. The NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2000 played for the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns before hanging up his sneakers in 2007 after a 13-year career.
According to Clutchpoints, The Fab Five, as they were called when Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson played for the University of Michigan men’s basketball team in 1991, were the first and only team in NCAA history to play in the championship game with all freshman starters. The team lost to Duke 71-51 in 1992. They reached the NCAA finals once again in 1993 but lost that game as well after Webber called for a timeout that the team didn’t have which led to them losing.
Along with his duties at ESPN, Rose also hosts a podcast with the New York Post named Renaissance Man.