Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick is used to the intense pressure of matching up against the best receivers in the NFL, but the prospect of popping the question to Basketball Wives LA star Draya Michele was a bit too much for the 28-year-old to handle.
The proposal was set to take place during a special night out at Arclight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks, Calif. — the same place where they had their first date. But as the evening wore on Michele could sense that Scandrick was off his game.
“He was acting so weird and so nervous,” Michele, 30, told People magazine. “When he walked up to the bar he tripped and fell over some chairs! I was thinking, ‘What in the world is wrong with him?’”
Scandrick brushed himself off and attempted to go forward with the marriage proposal. That’s when the silly moment grew even more awkward.
“He got down on one knee and as soon as he started to talk I got nervous and couldn’t help but to laugh hysterically. I was laughing and crying at the same time,” Michele reported.
Even though Scandrick muffed the proposal, he scored big with his selection of a beautiful 7-carat cushion-cut diamond ring, reportedly worth $400,000. The cornerback is credited with designing the ring with the assistance of Beverly Hills jeweler Jason Arasheben.
“He was one of the most detailed-oriented clients,” Arasheben said in a statement. “He wanted to make sure the ring was perfect, and she couldn’t be happier.”
Last Friday, Michele took to Instagram to show off the dazzling ring. She modeled the ring against a background of red roses.
Here’s how she captioned the shot: “Yesterday, the love of my life asked me to be his wife…I said YES!!! Love you @oscandrick32 forever starts now.”
The engagement news caught some fans by surprise because the couple had announced a split only a few months ago. Celebrity watchers reported that their busy lives had taken a toll on their relationship. Clearly, all is well now.
Michele, a model and actress, has starred on VH1’s reality show Basketball Wives LA since the show’s debut in 2011. Scandrick, who was drafted by the Cowboys in 2008, has emerged as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, often handling the assignment of locking down the oppositions’ best receivers.
The couple is ready to blend a family that includes Michele’s 12-year-old son, Kniko Arenas, and Scandrick’s twin girls, five-year-old Tatyana Scandrick and Taylor Scandrick.
Images: Instagram/sodraya, Instagram/oscandrick32