In June, we wrote about professional football player Terrell Owens’ failure to pay child support to the mother of one of his children, which caused her to seek legal action. At that time, she filed court papers on Fulton County, asking a family court judge to charge Owens with contempt after his alleged failure to pay child support for the month of June. In those court documents, the Atlanta mother alleged that she had been told by Owens’ financial advisors that the player would no longer be making his full monthly child support payments.
Now, with another family court filing, it appears that Owens is again failing to make his child support payments for the couple’s child, a 5-year-old girl. In May of 2007, Owens was ordered to pay $5,000 per month by a Fulton County family court judge who estimated his monthly income at more than $650,000.
Earlier this week, the girl’s mother filed a civil suit in Fulton Superior Court, in which she alleged that Owens has not paid his requisite child support for the month of August. In addition, she claims that Owens told her that he does not plan to make his future payments. The June court filing was not heard in family court, the mother alleges in her most recent filing, but the threat of legal action motivated Owens to make his June and July child support payments.
Owens is a 37-year-old football player who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He is currently recovering from a knee surgery he underwent earlier this year, which he said has impacted his income and earning ability.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “T.O. sued for child support,” George Mathis, August 11, 2011