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Andre Rison sentenced to probation for failure to pay child support

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Five-time Pro Bowler Andre Rison, whose talent on the football field was often overshadowed by issues off the field, has been sentenced to five years of probation for failure to pay child support.

Rison has also been ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution for child support he didn’t pay in the past, although it’s not clear whether he’ll ever come up with that money: Rison has said that he blew all the millions he made in the NFL and is one of the subjects of an upcoming documentary called Broke about the lives of penniless former pro athletes.

A 1989 first-round draft pick of the Colts, Rison was traded to Atlanta a year later as part of the deal that allowed the Colts to draft Jeff George first overall in 1990. Rison made the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons with the Falcons, but left in 1995 to sign a five-year, $17 million contract with the Browns that at the time was the most lucrative for a wide receiver in NFL history. However, his 1995 season in Cleveland was a disappointment, and the Browns let him leave for the expansion Jaguars in 1996. After just 10 games with the Jaguars, Rison was waived and went to Green Bay for the end of the season, helping the Packers win the Super Bowl. The following year he signed with the Chiefs and had another Pro Bowl season in 1997, but his production declined sharply in 1998 and 1999 in Kansas City. He played for the Raiders, his seventh and final NFL team, in 2000. After his NFL career ended he went to Canada and spent some time with the Toronto Argonauts.

Rison recently went back to school at Michigan State, where he was an All-American receiver and is 30 credits short of his degree. He will work with the Spartans’ football team as a student assistant.

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21 Responses to “Andre Rison sentenced to probation for failure to pay child support”
  1. joetoronto says: Jul 10, 2012 6:45 AM

    Probation, what’s it take to go to jail nowadays?

  2. grizzlybear34 says: Jul 10, 2012 6:46 AM

    Penniless? Doesn’t he receive some sort of pension after football?

    When does that kick in? I’ll bet many could live on that, not large, but live fine…

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Jul 10, 2012 7:02 AM

    @joetoronto

    Much less than you think. The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Plus, throwing him in jail won’t accomplish anything if he needs to make money to pay off his child support.

  4. jacunn2000 says: Jul 10, 2012 7:15 AM

    I know regular hard working men who have paid child support for 18 years and were never even late on a single payment. They went with a large chunk so they could be a good parent. This guy should be in jail for just being an idiot.

  5. mr4thand1 says: Jul 10, 2012 7:17 AM

    #BabyBabyBaby

  6. bigmike7914 says: Jul 10, 2012 7:52 AM

    @jacun2000…what the regular 9 to 5 working man is told to pay and what a professional athlete is told to pay are on different planets, and can’t even be compaired even after football these guys are asked to pay stupid amounts of money, how much does a kid really need is the question I know regular 9 to 5 dudes married with kids and they come off way cheaper than a guy that pays child support.

  7. joetoronto says: Jul 10, 2012 7:58 AM

    sportsmeccabi says: Jul 10, 2012 7:02 AM

    @joetoronto

    Much less than you think. The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Plus, throwing him in jail won’t accomplish anything if he needs to make money to pay off his child support.
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    I agree with the fact that the USA has the largest incarceration rate in the world, but we all know it’s because they put drug users in the pen, as opposed to scum buckets like this.

    Putting him in prison would at the very least send a message to others like him.

    The message right now is all wrong.

  8. baron30 says: Jul 10, 2012 8:20 AM

    yeah i would like to know more about the NFL pension program. Im pretty sure most of these guys make at least 300k from that on an annual basis. So when ppl like this guy and TO claim broke i think its still a relative term. Maybe they have to go bankrupt to cover there outstanding Lambo payments and 10 houses but im sure they still have the means to live a more than upper middle class lifestyle.

  9. dcviking says: Jul 10, 2012 8:20 AM

    Can’t he sell that big house he owns near Atlanta…

    Scratch that, can’t he sell the land where his big house you be near Atlanta…

  10. chillyball says: Jul 10, 2012 8:41 AM

    if i ever played in the nfl, id save half of evry check i got and live off the other half. no matter what.

  11. vstyle23 says: Jul 10, 2012 8:42 AM

    Hey, do you guys remember when Andre Rison and Deion Sanders went at it on the first play from scrimmage? That was a great fight.

  12. jagsfanugh says: Jul 10, 2012 8:50 AM

    Serves him right. If you are irresponsible and have children, you have to pay for that as it isn’t like a plate of food you don’t like and can throw out.

  13. spellingcops says: Jul 10, 2012 8:50 AM

    I wish we could get more details on that documentary. I would really like to see that.

  14. lightningdj says: Jul 10, 2012 9:05 AM

    Maybe he could go fish out that superbowl ring he threw in the river and help feed his kids.

  15. exhelodrvr says: Jul 10, 2012 9:12 AM

    I think this is the pension plan that he would fall under – that would be about 45K annually once he turns 55.

    ◦The benefit news gets even better with the increase in pension under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan . Players with three or more Credited Seasons are eligible to receive a pension, generally beginning at age 55. Beginning with the 1998 Credited Season, a player gets a benefit credit of $470 for each Credited Season he earns. As a result, a player with eight Credited Seasons from 2000 through 2007 will get $3,760 per month at age 55. Obviously, players with more Credited Seasons will see their pensions increase even more.

  16. 1historian says: Jul 10, 2012 10:30 AM

    You gotta give the guy some credit for going back to college and working toward a degree.

    Not a lot, mind you – just some

  17. rayguyreturns says: Jul 10, 2012 10:30 AM

    “Millionaire athlete is broke and can’t pay bills.”
    Is anyone surprised by these stories anymore?

  18. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Jul 10, 2012 10:46 AM

    rayguyreturns says: “Millionaire athlete is broke and can’t pay bills.” Is anyone surprised by these stories anymore?

    Not if they have kids, since the system is set up to wring them dry if they do.

    What typically happens is that a guy like Rison, while making $3M a year, can get hit with exhorbitant child support payments, like ten or even twenty thousand dollars a month. Stop and think about how ridiculous that is.

    Then when he’s no longer playing he’ll try to get a reduction. More than likely the court will say no as long as he has assets. Rison has a million dollars left in savings? Pay the woman $20,000 a month out of that. Then when that money runs out they tell him to sell his house and his cars.

    Then when they finally have every penny he’s ever made and the bills start piling up, he’s “irresponsible” and a criminal.

    We all know what a mess the child support system is in the United States. Don’t take it out on Rison.

  19. granadafan says: Jul 10, 2012 12:44 PM

    “vstyle23 says: Jul 10, 2012 8:42 AM
    Hey, do you guys remember when Andre Rison and Deion Sanders went at it on the first play from scrimmage? That was a great fight.”
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    That was hardly a “fight”. I’ve seen women slap harder than those two divas did to each other. Sadly, that was the hardest Deion ever hit opposing players all year.

  20. covercorner says: Jul 10, 2012 1:59 PM

    Who will catch the ball for the Falcons this season now that Bad Moon Rison will be on probation?

  21. icardfan says: Jul 10, 2012 2:35 PM

    300k for child support is obnoxious. I love how everyone piles on the men. What about the gold digger who made the dumb decision to bed down with a pro athlete in his prime? Yeah that always works out! 5k a year is plenty to raise a kid on. 300k is out of this world.

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