Friday, July 13, 2012

Terrell Owens a no-show at child support hearing; could face jail time

The last time we saw Terrell Owens in the NFL he was wearing the orange and black stripes of the Cincinnati Bengals but— after missing  child support hearing yesterday— a judge says we could soon be seeing him donning stripes of the prison kind.

Owens was a no-show at a scheduled child support hearing in Atlanta Thursday, according to WSB-TV, much to the displeasure of Judge John Goger.

The judge reset the hearing for July 19, but warned the out-of-work, former NFL star if he fails to show up again, he could be thrown into jail.

David Hartlin, Owens' attorney, blamed the absence on a miscommunication.

The 38-year old Owens is $20,000 behind in child support payments.  The mother of his 7-year old daughter, Melanie Smith,  says he has avoided paying child support for months.  He reportedly pays $5,000 per month for the little girl.

"It's a tragedy, not only that we are here today,' said Smith lawyer, Randy Kessler.  "This is the third time she has had to file this year."

The former 49ers, Eagles and Cowboys receiver last played in the NFL with the Bengals in 2010.  Owens was last seen playing in the Indoor Football League for the Allen Wranglers.


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