Originally written on NBA 24/7 365  |  Last updated 11/19/14

The Knicks got eliminated a while ago, but Amare Stoudemire never went fishing.  He went to Paris instead, where he proposed to the mother of his three children whilst enjoying a view of the Eiffel Tower from a suite at the Le Meurice Hotel Belle Etoile Royal.  Kind of cliche if you ask me, but hey, who am I to criticize the taste of a man that books suites at French Hotels and gives away million dollar rings?  Via SportingNews.com…

Amare Stoudemire is engaged to Alexis Welch after proposing to the mother of his three children in Paris Saturday night, People magazine reports.

While overlooking the Eiffel Tower outside of their penthouse at Le Meurice Hotel Belle Etoile Royal Suite around 11 p.m. local time, Stoudemire showed Welch an 8.5-carat radiant-cut ring, worth more than $1 million, according to People. The Knicks power forward designed the ring with Los Angeles-based celebrity jeweler Shayan Afshar.

“I have been planning my proposal for a while and overlooking the entire Paris skyline seemed like a perfect place,” Stoudemire told People from Paris. “I am so happy she said ‘yes,’ and now we can continue to build our life together as husband and wife.”

The couple, who met in 2002 after Stoudemire was drafted by the Phoenix Suns, plans to get married in 2013.

I suppose an NBA player getting engaged really isn’t even news (unless it’s to a Kardashian), but I just couldn’t help but notice that this dude proposed in a straw hat.  I know, I know, who am I to criticize, but I was thinking… I only know one person who actually wears a straw hat—my aunt Janie.  Now, my aunt Janie is 60-something years old, wears a lime-green jacket in July, and drives a Subaru station wagon.  She has a wild dog named Ted, enjoys gardening, and just generally seems like your typical straw hat wearer.  While not even I would suggest proposing in a New Era 59Fifty, I’m not sure a straw hat would be my recommendation, either.

Official –Swag-O-Meter– Rating:


Leave the straw hats to old ladies, Amare.  Leave the capris, too.


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