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Dirk Nowitzki may have gotten married in Kenya

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Dirk Nowitzki with, potentially, wife Jessica Olsson (Courtesy

Did Dirk Nowitzki get married? It's hard to tell, between his tweets about NBC's much-criticized Olympic coverage, and the Dallas Mavericks' refusal to comment on his marital status. Until we know for sure, we do have this pretty cool picture of Dirk and his fiancée — presumably in Kenya — at some sort of ceremony.

Newstime Africa, via I Am a GM, has their take, currently unconfirmed by Dirk (who is still tweeting about the Olympics):

German superstar Dirk Nowitzki proposed to his long-time girlfriend Jessica Olsson during Valentine's Day, and zipped it up over the weekend when he officially married Jessica in a traditional African wedding ceremony held in Kenya. The Dallas Mavericks superstar said that the wedding is the first of the two wedding ceremonies that they've planned to stage in their programme. "This is one of two wedding set-ups that we have planned to undertake and the ceremony has been very beautiful," said Dirk. The seven foot tall NBA player delivered the bride price as it's expected in a befitting traditional African ceremony in Kenya.

Considering that Dirk's quote about the "beautiful" ceremony hasn't shown up anywhere else, we're left to be a little dubious. But Nowitzki did propose to his fiancée in February, and with the NBA's training camp still two months away, it feels like as good enough time as any to tie the knot. And, with Nowitzki's considerable compensation culled from his 14 years with the Mavericks, it seems more than reasonable that Nowitzki would work up a two-part wedding jaunt, with one trip to his fiancée's native Kenya and presumably a move to Germany to follow.

Of course, this could all be a giant mix-up, or Dirk having some fun with Newstime Africa. Or, the start of a lifetime of wedded bliss.

Either result, it's a pretty cool picture Future or Present Mr. and Mrs. Dirk Nowitzki.


Deadspin (see, we credit things!) alerted us to a few other pictures from whatever ceremony this was, marriage or otherwise. Considering that Dirk's gorgeous fiancée appears to be standing in front of a tent that says "Bride's Family," we might have ourselves a pair of nuptials!

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