For a moment, Last weekend, Terrell Owens was in the "spotlight" as he started his new job with the Allen (Tex.) Wranglers Indoor Football League team, but now it's being said that Owens might be heading to jail over an Atlanta child support case.
On Friday, the Fulton County contempt of court petition, which was filed by Melanie Paige Smith, says that Owens owes $5,000 for each of the months, December, January, February, and March.
A Fulton County judge ordered the payments for support of the couple's daughter back in 2007.
In a letter to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Smith's attorney, Randall Kessler said, "he has not indicated if he ever plans to send another penny for their daughter". The attorney added, "We plan to ask the court to send a strong message, given that he has only paid support in the last 10 months after a contempt action has been filed against him".
Smith is one of several women seeking child support from the former NFL wide receiver.
During in interview with GQ, Owens talked about his child support payment problems:
It’s just a shame that those women don’t want to work and do something to help support my kids.
Along with legal fees, the contempt of petition filed on Friday, Smith's lawyer also asked that the court impose a possible jail sentence against Owens:
We remain hopeful that he will choose to resume supporting his daughter, but neither we nor our client have had any indication from him since last year as to when and if he will ever provide another penny in support