Most of us can’t even imagine making as much money as a professional athlete. With millions of dollars coming in every year, we all lovingly provide for our friends and families – but it seems for some world-class sports stars, that’s not the case. In fact, several athletes have been arrested over the years for skimping on child support. Here are the most notable cases you should know about.
1. Kenny Anderson
This battle for child support has lasted much longer than it should have. TMZ Reports Tami Romain from basketball brides the celebrity fought in court for over nine years over child support costs. Roman filed a lawsuit against Anderson in 2005, claiming he had stopped paying court-ordered $ 8,500 per month for their two daughters. In total, they settled their $ 800,000 lawsuit in 2012. It looks like Roman came out on top here and was given what he was owed.
2. Kenny Williams
This is sad news for any Indiana Pacers fan. USA Today reports the U.S. attorney’s office discovered Williams was using her NBA salary to drive luxury cars and travel abroad while his ex-wife and three children were on welfare. Then, in 2000, Williams pleaded guilty in court to paying his child support, and he was arrested on a warrant in 2013.
For not making his payments on time, he was sentenced to nine months in prison and had to pay over $ 660,000 in compensation.
3. Blake Griffin
As for more recent news, Illustrated sports notes NBA star Blake Griffin has been ordered to pay $ 258,000 a month in child support to his ex-fiancee and mother of three children, Brynn Cameron. This equates to over $ 3 million per year.
In February 2018, Griffin reportedly failed to pay the financial support he had promised, prompting Cameron to file a lawsuit against him. We are sure that he will make his payments in the future.
4. Robert Meachem
Here’s another athlete who ended up in jail in 2017 after failing to pay what he promised. USA Today reports Robert Meachem and his ex-wife, Andrea Rhodes, share two children. Part of their divorce settlement called for Meachem to pay Rhodes $ 20,000 a month in child and spousal support – but Rhodes took him to court for failing to pay $ 400,000. In order to be released, he was ordered to pay Rhodes $ 100,000.
5. Travis Henri
Travis Henry is no stranger to the news. From the cocaine trafficking and drug suspension charges, it’s almost easy to forget that Henry also has nine children from several different wives. And NBC Washington notes he got into trouble when he couldn’t find child support.
In 2009, Henry claimed he did not have the money for the support and therefore needed it to be cut. The New York Times notes on one occasion he was even jailed for defaulting on $ 16,600 in support for a single child.
6. Clint session
This former NFL linebacker was condemned by all when he failed on those payouts. Sports News Notes court documents indicated that Clint Sessions’ daughter was “critically medically needy” and in need of additional support. According to her mother, she had brain damage and cerebral palsy. Even with this knowledge, Sessions fell on his child support payments by nearly $ 382,000.
7. Terrell Owens
The infamous Terrell Owens has wives with four children – and TMZ Notes his financial situation was so desperate around 2011 that he filed documents to lower his support payments for several of his children. TO claimed at one point that his “current monthly income is zero ($ 0), which prevented him from continuing to make huge payments to mothers.” The Sportster also notes that three of the four mothers sued TO over money he owed them in 2012.
8. Chris Simon
Not only was former NHL player Chris Simon in trouble for missing child support payments, but Yahoo! Sport reveals he also said he had over $ 500,000 in debt. In May 2017, Simon submitted an affidavit claiming he needed social assistance just to get by, despite the millions he previously earned from hockey. He also missed three years of child support payments, totaling $ 128,875.
9. Allen Iverson
TMZ Reports after Allen Iverson’s divorce, he was ordered to pay $ 8,000 per month in child support for his five children. Sadly, his ex-wife, Tawanna Iverson, claimed the NBA star was never on time with her payments. She then asked Iverson to pay her enough alimony to last until October 2026 in 2013, which was equivalent to $ 1.2 million.
10. Evander Holyfield
This heavyweight champion is now also known to owe over $ 500,000 in child support, Daily Mail Online says. In 2012, Evander Holyfield was ordered to immediately start paying his 18-year-old daughter $ 2,950 per month due to all missed payments when she was young.
It wasn’t the first time Holyfield had made the headlines either. In 1999, he admitted having fathered two children by his marriage, and in total he has 12 children by six wives.
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