Interesting, lovesskating. I do believe Jessica was maneuvering but that's just instinct. Like Bryce said, pairs split all the time. But this has left a bad taste in the mouths of a lot of fans. She appears to have been opportunistic about Bryce's injury. Once she no longer needed him as her support group and cheering section for singles, he got offloaded because it looks like reciprocity just isn't her style.
If there's a negative reaction to Jessica in places, it's because even when back in their times of potential, she was always injured; couple of car accidents, practice mishaps and he stuck by her. I don't think he ever considered looking for another partner and there were many times nobody would have blamed him. Comes the year before the Olympics and the Olympic year and his dreams of the podium went down the toilet due to her making the same mistake over and over. In my mind I see all the KissNCry video where Bryce must have been devastated as a season's effort was lost, but the energy in the space, including his, was about petting and consoling her. Nobody spent much time on his feelings.
I think some fans are tired of Bryce being blamed for her issues. Her issues are her own. She's by most accounts quite a strong willed person, not at all a suffer in silence sort - or inclined to suffer, period, considering she didn't care to train with or wait for an injured partner after eight years. What a lot of fans see is she is the one who was the drag on the team in recent times and his support was unflagging. When it's her turn to reciprocate, she makes a run for it. It looks bad. It IS bad. Her parting comments were selfish sounding; it came off like she felt his injury was unlucky for him but a gift to her and she took it. There wasn't the praise for the partner and faith in his comeback as they parted ways that you'd expect even as lip service on the occasion.
I can't resist adding that I am a little sad that Bryce would be called out for playing the sympathy card when he's talking about his own feelings for once, when he has been teamed for eight years with a partner for whom the sympathy card is a way of life. He has a problem it's his fault she has a problem it's his fault. How unfair.