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Shauna Moffitt talks with Catch 47



TAMPA – The wife of USF linebacker Ben Moffitt, making her first public appearance since last week's news of their impending divorce, told TV news station Catch 47 on Wednesday night that she wrote papers and took online classes for her husband, but never thought her actions were anything but devotion to her family.

"I did that because Ben and I were a team," Shauna Moffitt told Catch 47’s Chris Clark from her Bushnell home. "There wasn’t even any planning on it … it’s what we did. We were reaching towards a goal together. … It was ‘We’re a team.’ I don’t know any good spouse that wouldn’t. … We were reaching a goal of completing school, making sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible for the outcome, for a degree, for our future."

Shauna said last week that Ben had abruptly left her and their two young children on Nov. 11, the day after USF’s football game at Syracuse. Ben filed for divorce Thursday, and his attorneys took the bitter split to another level Tuesday.

According to Lisa Cullaro, co-counsel for Shauna Moffitt, Ben’s attorneys filed a motion in Sumter County court Tuesday seeking full custody of their children. The initial filing had called for shared custody; Moffitt has finished a four-year career at USF and is expected to be selected in April’s NFL Draft, where he would have a busy schedule in his first season of pro football. They have a hearing Tuesday before a judge in Sumter County.

His attorney, A.J. Rohe of Tavares, did not return calls Wednesday seeking comment.

In her TV interview, Shauna expressed regret for the story that has developed over the past week, saying she “should never have” sent an e-mail to the Times and Tampa Tribune last week, detailing both the marital problems and the allegations of academic cheating.

The story of Moffitt as a family man who commuted 55 miles each way daily to be with his wife and children was picked up by national media outlets this season, but Shauna told Clark that everything about that story was true until her husband left in November.

“It was all 100 percent true. It was all truth, no fiction. I didn’t fabricate. It was what we were,” she said.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:04pm]


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