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"Happy Fathers Day" Issue #010
Table of Contents for this issue:
- Paternity Suits and Pro Athletes: The List.
- Celebrity Child Support Payouts in Million
- Have you signed up for our V.I.P. Membership yet? What are you waiting for?
- Child Support News! What celebrity or athlete is in the news for child support issues....... You won't believe it!
- We will celebrate June with a Fathers Day Contest
Paternity Suits and Pro Athletes: The List By K. McKinney
On draft day in any professional sport, the highlight reels show young athletes celebrating the beginning of their pro careers, putting on a team jersey or cap, and smiling with the league commissioner for photo ops. Often, though, the next rite of passage for a young professional athlete in America is not exactly a photo opportunity – it’s a paternity suit.
For whatever social, psychological or sexual reason, pro athletes are having children out-of-wedlock at an epidemic rate. No sport is exempt – baseball, football, basketball, boxing, hockey and more. Child support payments are some athletes’ single biggest expense. Since Father’s Day is coming up soon, we thought we’d take a look at some of the more notable professional players (pun intended) who have been parties to paternity suits.
As you might expect, the list of athletes with one or two illegitimate children is extremely long. Much too long to list here in its entirety. Highlights from that list include:
- Mark Messier (NHL Hall of Famer)
- Brian Urlacher (NFL)
- Stephon Marbury (NBA)
- Jason Kidd (NBA)
- Allen Iverson (NBA)
- Latrell Sprewell (NBA)
- Juwan Howard (NBA)
- Scottie Pippen (NBA)
- Hakeem Olajuwon (NBA)
- Patrick Ewing (NBA)
- Randy Johnson (MLB)
- Matt Leinart (NFL)
- Tom Brady (NFL)
- Darren McFadden (NFL rookie)
- Dwight Howard (NBA) [one child with an Orlando Magic dancer]
- Warren Sapp (NFL)
- Larry Fitzgerald (NFL) [one child with a Los Angeles Raider cheerleader]
- Lance Briggs (NFL)
- Tracy McGrady (NBA)
- Chipper Jones (MLB) [one child with an Atlanta area Hooters waitress]
- Boris Becker (Tennis)
But it doesn’t stop there! The numbers get CRAZY – read below!
Then there are the guys who haven’t figured it out yet or just don’t care. The list includes these athletes with three to five illegitimate children each:
- Larry Johnson (NBA) – 5 kids by 4 women; 3 are illegitimate
- Charles Rogers (NBA)- Reportedly has 5 illegitimate kids
- Greg Minor (NBA) – 3 illegitimate kids
- Ricky Williams (NFL) – 3 illegitimate kids
- Priest Holmes (NFL) – 3 illegitimate kids
- Karl Malone (NBA) – 3 illegitimate kids – all born while he was in college; 2 of the 3 are now professional athletes
- Oscar de la Hoya (Boxing) – 5 kids by 4 women; 3 are illegitimate
- Elijah Dukes (MLB) – 5 illegitimate kids by 4 women (possibly 6 kids by 5 women now – the most recent one hasn’t been publicly confirmed)
- Willis McGahee (NFL) – 3 illegitimate kids in 2 years
- Michael Vick (NFL/current federal inmate) – 3 illegitimate children
These athletes take the cake with six or more illegitimate children a piece:
- Ray Lewis (NFL) – Rumored to have 6 children by 4 women
- Marshall Faulk (NFL) – Also rumored to have 6 children, but by 3 women
- Antonio Cromartie (NFL) – 7 illegitimate kids by 6 women by age 25
- Shawn Kemp (NBA) – 7 illegitimate kids by 6 women (some rumors put these numbers MUCH higher
- Derrick Thomas (NFL) – 7 illegitimate kids by 5 women at the time of his death at age 33
- Jason Caffey (NBA) – 8 illegitimate children by 7 women
- Travis Henry (NFL) – 9 kids by 9 women by age 28
- Willie Anderson (NBA) – 9 illegitimate kids
- Evander Holyfield (Boxing) – 9 illegitimate kids
- Calvin Murphy (NBA) – 14 illegitimate kids by 9 women
And this paternity suit epidemic? Not exactly new territory for the big leagues. These guys were having illegitimate kids way back in the day:
- Steve Garvey (MLB) – 2 illegitimate kids by 2 women
- Julius Erving/Dr. J (NBA) – 2 illegitimate kids by 2 women
- Isiah Thomas (NBA) – 3 children; 1 is illegitimate
- Jim Palmer (MLB) – 1 illegitimate child
- Darryl Strawberry (MLB) – 6 children; 1 is illegitimate
- Pete Rose (MLB) – 5 children; 1 is illegitimate
- Tug McGraw (MLB) – 3 children; 1 is illegitimate (and happens to be country singer Tim McGraw)
- Bjorn Borg (Tennis) – 1 illegitimate child
As long as there are professional athletes, it seems that the folks who do paternity testing will always have jobs!
Celebrity Child Support Payouts in Millions
With all of the marriages and subsequent divorces in Hollywood, celebrity child support is a hot topic these days. Just this week, rapper Nas was ordered to pay $350,000 in back owed money to his ex-wife Kellis. The list of offenders in this category is long and rich.
It’s a pretty simple equation: marry a rich celebrity, have kids, then divorce and collect alimony. By no means is this what happened in all of these cases, but rumors can usually be found by fans accusing just that.
A prime example is Kevin Federline, who married Brittany Spears in 2004. The two divorced in 2007 and K-Fed got custody of the kids. Now, he is receiving $20,000 a month for expenses incurred in raising their kids. It’s impossible to accuse any wrong-doing in any of the cases, but you can see how Brittany’s fans could be upset!
Some big names on the list other than the most recent addition of Nas include Eddie Murphy, who is paying $51,000 a month for his daughter with Melanie Brown. The total funds paid until their girl turns 18 will be over $10 Million! P. Diddy’s monthly payments got bumped up from $5,000 to $21,782 a month in 2005 to his ex-girlfriend, which will total $4.5 Million when all’s said and done. Michael Strahan was paying $18,000 a month to his wife even after he retired, but the sum was lowered after a court hearing determined that she was educated and employable and should be working.
Even big-earner Kate Gosselin has Jon paying alimony!
Some wiser stars, or stars with wiser attorneys, have escaped the trap of celebrity child support with a well worded pre-nup. Halle Berry was one of those. After her split with ex-hubby Eric Benet where he fought for custody and payments, her contract protected her assets and she avoided having to pay out.
Sometimes, all it takes is practicing safe sex to avoid the perils that these well off movie-stars face. Jude Law could have used that advice a few months ago. While filming Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr., he managed to conceive with a New York Model Samantha Burke. While he has verbally promised to do everything she needs, she is already pursuing legal action to confirm a monthly paycheck.
Can’t avoid responsibility on this one! What do you think of celebrity child support? Are these rich people victims of devious people looking for a monthly paycheck? Or is this a good thing because it makes the pampered stars actually accept responsibility for their actions? My guess is, as usual, it’s a bit of both.
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In The News................
MICHAEL STRAHAN’S CHILD SUPPORT CASE REVERSED
A judge ruled on Tuesday that retired football player Michael Strahan no longer has to pay $18,000/month in child support payments for his twin daughters. Just last year,Michael’s ex-wife was awarded $15.3 million, in addition to the $18,000/month child support.Not only has Michael won his appeal against the monthly child support obligation, but he also does not need to get a multi-million dollar disability insurance policy or pay for his ex-wife’s legal fees divorce as was deemed in 2006. Here was the reasoning behind the judgement:
The judges [Tuesday] said it was unfair Strahan was required to pay 91 percent of the child support since his ex-wife, Jean Strahan, was well-educated and employable. “Both parents have a shared obligation to support their children,” wrote Judge Lorraine Parker.
Jean Strahan’s “employment opportunities were, in all likelihood, enhanced by her celebrity marriage. There is no question that as a healthy, educated, 41-year-old, (she) is capable of earning her own income,” wrote Parker, who was joined by Judges Rudy Coleman and Thomas Lyons.
The panel ordered a trial court judge in Essex County to reconsider the child support and to determine what needs the children have that are distinct from their mother.
“Some of the expenses claimed by (Jean Strahan) clearly should have been deleted by the court,” wrote the court in a 23-page ruling.
A few of the expenses the court questioned were: that “the children” paid for a trip for their nanny and her family to Jamaica and gave their grandmother diamond jewelry. The panel also singled out that no explanation was given for why the girls required $30,000 in landscaping, or what $3,000 in audio visual expenses provided for the girls.
The couple married in July, 1999 and in October their twin daughters were born. He filed for divorce in March, 2005.
Twin daughters, Isabella and Sophia, were born on October 28th, 2004.
Our Fathers Day Contest!
We want to honor the Fathers who step up to the plate and raise their children. Thank You and this contest is for you! We want to hear who is the best Dad Ever! Please share and we will announce the winner next month! We will honor the best "Dad" entry with a prize! Our readers can learn from you! For the BEST Child Support "Dad" situation we hear, that winner will receive a FREE e-bay e-book AND a V.I.P. Membership to Child Support America. Over the past month we have really heard you and realize the need. So you can tell us all about your current situation and possibly win! How great is that!
So Praise Your #1 Dad Here!
Our July 2010 E-zine will feature:
- Are you having visitation issues? Summer vacation is just around the corner. We can help you understand your rights.
- Child Support news! What celebrity or athlete is in the news for child support issues.......
- Our July contest will have you all "fired up" to enter.
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