Terrell “T.O.” Owens, who is trying to land a spot with an NFL team this year, is $20,000 behind on child support payments and may be facing jail time.
WSB-TV reports that the former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver — who was recently released by the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League — didn’t show up for his child support hearing in Atlanta on Thursday. The judge was pretty upset.
Melanie Smith, the mother of Owens' 7-year-old daughter, said he hasn’t made child support payments in months. A previous agreement required Owens to pay Smith $5,000 per month.
“It’s a tragedy, not only that we are here today; this is the third case she has had to file in the last year,” Smith’s attorney Randy Kessler said.
Less than 10 minutes into the hearing, Judge John Goger called both attorneys into his chambers. When they returned, the case was rescheduled for July 19 and Owens could face jail time if he doesn’t show up.
“We are hoping next week the case will come to a resolution and Mr. Owens will pay and pay every month,” said Kessler.
Owens’ attorney, David Hartin, told the judge it was his fault Owens didn’t attend the court hearing. He said he didn’t communicate well with his client.
Last May, Owens appeared on “Dr. Phil” with three of his baby mammas who accused him of being a deadbeat dad.
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