Federal Judge Frederick Martone of the Arizona District ordered the former Pro Bowler to pay $1,000 a month in addition to his regular payments, which are $2,358 per month, said Katherine Harris, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The woman, who was not married to Rison, and their son lived in Arizona at the time.
According to Zeva Pettigrew, assistant special agent in charge of HHS’ Los Angeles office, Rison was originally ordered to pay child support in May 1999 and has made only made two payments since November 2001.
“All payments have been made as a result of withholdings through his employers,” she said. “Rison has not made any voluntary payments.”
Rison was also ordered to serve five years’ probation. He was indicted in August 2011 and pleaded guilty on April 25.
Rison, who made at least $19 million in base salaries and signing bonuses over his 12-year NFL career, played for the Falcons from 1990-94. He caught 423 passes for 5,633 yards and 56 touchdowns over his five seasons with the Falcons
Over his career, Rison made base salaries ranging from $175,000 in 1990 to $2.8 million in 1996. He has said publicly that he has little of the money left.
In 1994, Rison’s girlfriend, singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, seeking revenge after a fight in which she said Rison physically assaulted her, set fire to his tennis shoes in the bathtub of his Alpharetta mansion. The fire spread, destroying the $800,000-plus home. Lopes was charged but did not serve any jail time. She died in a car wreck in Honduras in 2002.
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