Terrell Owens used to be one of the greatest wide receivers of all-time. He ran by defenders like they
were stuck in quicksand and made catches that would have had Jerry Rice shaking his head. Now,
however, Owens is very close to catching something that the talented receiver doesn't want at all, jail
According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, the once great wideout is $20,000 behind in child support and after
pulling a no-show at his child support hearing at the Fulton County Courtroom on Thursday, he may
be facing a possible future jail sentence. Apparently Owen's absence at the hearing angered Judge John
Groger, the presiding Judge, enough that if Owens fails to appear at the rescheduled July 19th hearing,
he could be facing jail time.
Owens' family and financial issues have been widely documented over the past year, to the
extent that he even went on Dr. Phil for that very reason just two months ago to try to remedy some of the problems. The television experiment failed to right anything and Owens continued to ignore his
financial obligations, thus prompting Melanie Smith, the mother of Owens' seven-year-old daughter, to take
to the courts to get the back-support she is owed.
“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 told Channel 2’s Erica Byfield, the only reporter who attended Owens
Owens' attorney, David Hartin, tried to calm the judge and deflect the blame on himself. He told Judge
Goger that it was his fault Owens wasn't there because he didn't communicate well with his client.
Whatever the case, be it bad communication between lawyer and client, or just a total disregard for his
financial and parenting responsibilities, Owens had best be attending the next hearing or he may be
catching something a lot more difficult than a football.
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