Former NFL player faces jail over missed child support

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A former NFL linebacker is facing nearly six months in a Broward jail for failing to pay about $382,000 in child support and medical bills for his 4-year-old daughter, who is blind and suffers from cerebral palsy, according to court records.

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Clint Session, 31, has been ordered to pay $381,912.63 to Davia Bradshaw, with whom he had a baby girl in March of 2012. Bradshaw filed a paternity suit two months later, but soon after that, Session paid his parents more than $5 million, later telling the court it was a gift and he does not have access to the funds.

“It was just a way for him to say he has no money,” said Bradshaw’s Fort Lauderdale lawyer, Sara Lawrence.

The Broward family court ruled that Session continues to draw money from his parents “at will as though from an ATM machine or checking account.”

Session grew up in Pompano Beach and graduated from Blanche Ely High School in 2001. He went on to play football at the University of Pittsburgh and was signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. He joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, but suffered a career-ending injury that November.

Session’s parents still live in Pompano Beach, but Session owns a juice bar in Indiana, where he now lives in a home valued at $800,000. In a court order dated April 28, Broward Circuit Judge Nicholas Lopane said it was “wholly not credible” that Session lives of the $2,000 to $3,000 a month he earns from the juice bar.

He called Session’s financial claims a “farce.”

Session was ordered to pay Bradshaw $6,917.21 a month starting January 2015, along with $2,000 a month for support for previous years and medical expenses. He has not paid more than $1,000 a month since then, said Bradshaw’s lawyer.

Lopane signed an arrest warrant Monday authorizing Session to be jailed for 179 days for willfully and intentionally violating the court’s orders.

“We don’t know where he is right now,” Lawrence said.

Session’s attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday despite messages left at his office and on his cell phone.

TNS

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