Terrell Owens accused of failing to pay child support

AP

Terrell Owens has made tens of millions of dollars in his NFL career, but he currently stands accused of withholding money that he owes for the care of one of his children.

The Associated Press reports that the mother of one of Owens’ children says he has refused to pay the full $5,000 a month in child support he owes.

According to the mother, Melanie Paige Smith, Owens’ financial advisers told her Owens decided to no longer pay the full amount. Owens’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not return messages seeking comment from the Associated Press.

There have been conflicting media reports about how many children Owens has. Owens said in an interview last year that he has a three-year-old son whom he’s never met because of hard feelings between himself and the boy’s mother. It is not clear whether that mother is the mother seeking child support in this case.

68 responses to “Terrell Owens accused of failing to pay child support

  1. $5000 A MONTH?!!?? I don’t care how much he makes, that is insane! I bet not even 1/10 of that is actually going to the kid.

  2. She better get used to it. Because at the rate T.O. is going she’ll NEVER get $5,000 a month.

  3. Kid probably just turned 18. John Riggins pulled the same ploy and he lost in court big time

  4. Looks like the gold-diggers, baby mommas (and other derogatory terms for women I can’t put here), are being hit the hardest during the lockout.

  5. It’s not TO’s fault that you can’t raise a family on one income in this country anymore.
    My dad bought a house, two cars and a vacation cottage on ONE income. With a high school diploma.
    The choice to HAVE a child is a woman’s and a woman’s alone. She can kill that baby even if HE wants it.
    Her decision, she should have to pay.

  6. $5000 a month for a child you won’t let me see? I’d be holding out if I was him too.. Not like he’s a convicted felon or drug addict.. Let him see his baby if he’s paying you $60,000 a year the next 18 years to take care of him..

  7. “Owens said in an interview last year that he has a three-year-old son whom he’s never met because of hard feelings between himself and the boy’s mother.”

    That is very, very sad. Put the personal crap aside and let the man see his kid.

  8. I can picture little TO now: Fastest, tallest and strongest kid in the neighborhood…and repeating 2nd grade for the 3rd time.

  9. It doesn’t matter what the amount is every month, man up and pay it. If you don’t like it, then go to court. FYI. Up to 25% of your NET pay for 1 child, regardless of how much you make, can be ordered towards child support. Ay 5k, he might be getting off cheap.

  10. Doesn’t matter what he makes. He chose to impregnate the woman so he must pay. The court of law views it as if the child lived with him and that is what the child is rightfully owed. Go cry in a napkin if you think it is unfair. That child is his responsibility and he should pay for it…..no matter if you think it’s an outrageous or not.

  11. 60k a yr. for child support is outrageous no matter what your salary is. An adult making that a yr can live comfortably in most situations on their own without any financial support from a spouse.

  12. He’s probably sick of her buying expensive cars and jewelry off his money. Note how he didn’t refuse to pay it, he just refused to pay the full amount.

  13. now i know why he needed that new contract with the eagles in 2005 when he said he needed to “feed his family”

  14. They have to calculate child support based on the non-custodial parent’s income level. If they didn’t, guys like TO would have literally dozens of cases in the system. Some people might look up to individuals like Shawn Kemp, Travis Henry and Evander Holyfield, but they’re doing a tremendous disservice to society, as well as to their own flesh and blood.

  15. this only proves what a low life he really is. sure that is an outrageous amount to pay for support,but to not have anything to do with with your son because you do not get along with his mother? true definition of deadbeat is turning your back on your kid. one can only hope the kid turns out ok and wants nothing to do with his dad when he is grown and successful in whatever he does. and while that is alot of money to the average working man, when you make as much as he does it is a drop in the bucket and a small price to pay to be able to see your kid. if he wanted to he could fight to get custody but instead ignores the child. what a douche!

  16. Child, please!

    Lord loves the little children, T.O., pony up or he take out your other knee.

  17. He should pay it. But, and this goes for all people who are receiving child support (male or female), she should have to make an accounting of how the money is spent on the child.

    Is she putting it towards his living expenses and then putting the rest towards college funds, private school, etc. or is she doing the bare minimum for the child and going shopping every weekend or worse, buying tons of beer and cigarettes and other drugs for herself while refusing to get a job herself?

    Does she have leeches hanging off her for this money that is designated for the child?

    This is the #1 problem with child support. No account of the money ever has to be made by the receiving parent.

    It is not deadbeat dads (and moms) refusing to pay. Most of the times I know about, the so-called deadbeat dad (or mom) is only not paying the full amount because they see the other parent using the funds for their own selfish purposes and not the child and that is a bitter pill to swallow.

    Not that T.O. is America’s model citizen or anything, but I’d bet that is part of what is going on here, and in that case, I’d sympathize with him.

  18. How do these guys make all this money but won’t pay for a pack of condoms?

  19. Never was a big T.O. fan, but that seems pretty steep; especially if he’s never had the chance to meet his child.

    He has a big personality and i can understand that may create tension between himself and the mother; but for God’s sake, that’s his son!

    I don’t know what “hard feelings” there may be between he and his wife; but couldn’t fathom denying someone the chance to be a father to their own son, short of an abusive-type of situation.

  20. Remember when he implied that Jeff Garcia was gay when he said that his son says “if it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and acts like a duck, it probaly is a duck”. Hey T.O. if it walks like a deadbeat dad, sounds like a deadbeat dad, and acts like a deadbeat dad, it probably is a deadbeat dad.

  21. now Terrelle has how many reasons to continue playing?

    If he doesn’t know , atleast he gets thousands of reminders every month.
    I wonder if baby momma is his former publicist. Who talked about his 25 million reason to play.

  22. I’m sorry but 60k a year for child support tells me the system is broken. There is no way one child needs more than a grown man makes in a year (based on avg salary). So if you make TO money your kid gets 60k, ok great. What if you work at mcdonalds and make 35k? Your kid gets 3k? All men are created equal (constitution). I guess under our child support system all children are literally not created equal (60k for to’s kid, 3k for mcdonalds employees kid). So based on which guy knocks up your mom, you either get to be raised on 60 grand or 3 grand a year. Thats the difference between private school, harvard, new cars, and vacations vs projects, kool aid, and impoverished areas low quality poor public education. That does equate to society as a whole, but as far as government policy that is way to unbalanced to scale. Yes, a new system is needed.

  23. Lets see I just finished up paying 2000 dollars a month child support for the last 21 years and I make 50K a year. I was never late- ever- I bought them extra clothes, class rings, christmas presents from santa (and myself) I gave them money for dates, gas and to reiterate never late. I am not sure what the precentage between what I make and what TO makes but i am absolutly sure he had easier

  24. It’s sad when women use kids as pawns both to get back at men and to seek quick money.

    One wonders why so many men don’t take care of their children. And I don’t mean handing over court ordered money. I mean spending quality time and get to know your kid care. SMDH

  25. $1,080,000, over the course of 18 yrs, yeah it’s really important he pays child support or the kids gonna go hungry, guess mom’s just gonna hav to get that job at Wal-Mart to do her part…

  26. This cracks me up. First ballot Hall of Famer, lets dig deep to find some imperfections, this lock out is getting into all of our heads

  27. thehatefulnerd says:
    Jun 29, 2011 8:39 PM
    “The choice to HAVE a child is a woman’s and a woman’s alone. She can kill that baby even if HE wants it.
    Her decision, she should have to pay.”

    Maybe your mom should look into post-pregnancy abortion. Youre still her baby and its her right.

  28. Not a good sign when a media entity
    as obsessive as PFT can’t even figure
    out how many kids you’ve got!

    Maybe he needs a good talking to
    by a father figure, like Cromartie.

  29. Sooo…the man who admits he has trust issues of his own because his father walked out of his life has no presence in the life of his own child because it’s uncomfortable to deal with the mother? Deal with it. Be a man, be a father. Another example of this spoiled prima donna only doing what he wants to do and having no accountablility. It’s always someone else’s fault with this guy. All of this could have been avoided if he didn’t impregnate a crazy lady or spent $10 bucks on a box of condoms.

  30. The money that is paid out to the custodial parent should be put on a card, like a credit card. The parent paying should be able to recieve a statement showing what the money was used for whether it was for rent, school clothes, food or for things not pertaining to the child like alcohol, cars or jewlery. That way, if the custodial parent is not using the money properly the court system could intervine. I’m sure that would make the child support paying parent feel a little more relaxed knowing where the money is going.

  31. EJ says:
    Jun 30, 2011 7:35 AM
    The money that is paid out to the custodial parent should be put on a card, like a credit card. The parent paying should be able to recieve a statement showing what the money was used for whether it was for rent, school clothes, food or for things not pertaining to the child like alcohol, cars or jewlery. That way, if the custodial parent is not using the money properly the court system could intervine. I’m sure that would make the child support paying parent feel a little more relaxed knowing where the money is going.
    ____________________________
    That’s a great idea. VERY fair. That’s exactly why politicians won’t let it happen. 🙂

  32. I hope all you sad souls who are bashing this child’s mother are doing so only because Michael David Smith forgot to report the story correctly or completely.

    Owens AGREED to pay this child support. After agreeing to pay it, he AGREED to allow a court order to that effect. He owes it because he AGREED to owe it.

    Now, apparently, he’s reneging on what he agreed to do and violating a court order he agreed to.

    With the filing of this demand by the child’s mother, Owens will have an opportunity to explain his willful violation of the rules and, at the same, show why the child support should be reduced.

  33. @ HATEFULNERD….i love me some hatefulnerd. keep them coming dude! you are funny! seriously.

  34. “1742hawk says:
    Jun 30, 2011 3:45 AM
    Charlie Sheen pays $55,000 per month. Poor T.O.”

    Well, Charlie Sheen sired a baseball team…an orchestra if you count the bastards!

  35. ^^^^^^
    Taking this as your being serious, that type of comment always makes me laugh. Being gay has absolutely 0 to do with fathering or bearing a child. Just because most hetero men/women don’t ever desire or have gay sex doesn’t mean that gay people don’t have straight sex. Gay men (and women)are fully capable of heterosexual sex and I am sure quite a few have tried it either for curiosity sake or for procreation purposes or to try to fit in especially in the generations prior to these past couple when it was less accepted to live an openly gay lifestyle. I would wager that even if TO were gay, he’s not even the first NFL player to be a gay biological father.

    Now had you said, “I thought TO was a eunuch”… that’s different. 🙂

  36. ^^^^^^^

    Yes I know that. In fact, there was a very interesting story on Oprah yesterday regarding Fran Drescher and her husband Peter Jacobson and his eventual realization that he was gay. Normally, I’m not really into Oprah but it was on the TV at the gym and it was fascinating.

    In any case, TO seems very gay to me. I have no problem with it whatsoever, in fact a friend of mine is a now-divorced gay father of three. I was just pointing out that TO has always given off a very gay vibe.

  37. Oh I agree goaway, I’ve always thought so too.
    Also thanks for not taking my post as a swipe at you because it definitely wasn’t.
    As for the “watching Oprah” thing, you’re on your own there. 😀

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