Andre Rison ordered to pay $322K in child support

Andre Rison played for the Falcons from 1990-1994. (AJC photo)

Andre Rison played for the Falcons from 1990-1994. (AJC photo)

Former Falcons wide receiver Andre Rison was ordered Monday to pay more than $322,000 in restitution for missed child support payments.

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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21 comments Add your comment

DannyG

July 10th, 2012
1:27 pm

Sure was fun back in the day, huh Andre? Now it is time to pay for your play. Oh, you spent all of your money? Tell that to your children.

Contractor

July 10th, 2012
1:29 pm

Athlete with no more money? Wow, what a shocker. I guess all those gold necklaces, burnt down home, playboy attitude got the best of you Andre. Once again, what a shocker.

Andre 1

July 10th, 2012
1:30 pm

where andre supposed to come up with all that cash? he broke–his baby mamas need to stop bothering him for all this bling and get their own.

Samson

July 10th, 2012
1:33 pm

Damn, that’s a lot of money!

HRPufnstuf

July 10th, 2012
1:39 pm

I hereby make myself available as a money manager for pro athletes. My fee: only 50% of their annual earnings. I GUARANTEE that when they can spend only what I dole out to them for expenses every month, and can’t sign contracts or any financial agreements on their own, they will have more money left than they do now.

MyPatootie

July 10th, 2012
1:40 pm

Andre and Evander should get together and form a rap act to make some extra money to pay for all these kids they have “frumped up”. They could bill themselves as “D&D” (dumb and dumber). They could write songs about how you make babies, and throw away money.

Obama #1

July 10th, 2012
1:45 pm

As I have always said, it is cheaper to pay on the front end (hookers, call girls, etc.)……

Poot Sandwich

July 10th, 2012
1:47 pm

Yet another afleke with rocks in his head.

WTF

July 10th, 2012
1:50 pm

Maybe he can borrow it from Evander…or vice-verse.

anonymous

July 10th, 2012
1:50 pm

And just how many of you were screaming like little girls over this dude when he was catching his little yardage and scoring his little touchdowns?

The shame is that we make gods out of these so-called athletes.
Let’s cheer for the men that actually RAISE their children, MARRY their women (one woman) AND treat them well!

WTF

July 10th, 2012
1:52 pm

anonymous … not me. I always thought he was a loser.

Poot Sandwich

July 10th, 2012
1:53 pm

Another one…all swagguh, no class.

Von

July 10th, 2012
1:57 pm

ATLANTA EX-FALCONS players in the news HARD these last few weeks….Mike Vick got married, Andre Rison due back child support and a few weeks ago Jamal Anderson sleep at the wheel. That was a funny, funny story!

Poot Sandwich

July 10th, 2012
2:01 pm

All his life, Jamal, has been “asleep at the wheel”.

FalconFan

July 10th, 2012
2:06 pm

Never much of a Rison fan. Too much diva for my taste. Big numbers product of June Jones duck and chuck. Still he was one of ours so I wish him the best

Come on big time athletes, these stories are way too sad and happen way too often. Have you guys heard of Mutual Funds, IRA’s, etc. how about condoms to prevent having to support these blood sucking baby mamas.

Don’t spend it if you ain’t got it is a rule we should all live by but especially those that are employed in such a short time career and that have few other skills to offer. Get that degree when you have the scholarship. Stay out of the club and in church.

BruthaFromAnuthaMutha

July 10th, 2012
2:14 pm

Yo! Lighten up on ‘Dre! He can’t help his brain was in his wee-wee back in the day. Maybe him and Holyfield can team up and teach finance management to da kids for a little change. Creflo might kick in a buck or two too!

Sam

July 10th, 2012
2:20 pm

“Too illegit to Quit” (Sorry I could not resist the pun)

Our society is backwards

July 10th, 2012
2:27 pm

I went to school to become a teacher, got a master’s degree, and have taught 18 years. I finally make a decent salary, about 60,000 a year. This income is enough for me to live happily. I made a decision not to have children and took appropriate measures to make sure that that ultimate life changing choice did not happen. I give back to children through my teaching. It really discusts me to see this. His situation is a microcosm of what much of our society has become. God bless Andy Griffith and what his show stood for. If adults could only see what influence they truly have on our children. I’m in the “trenches”. I see it everyday. Once again, take a look around. OUR SOCIETY IS BACKWARDS!!!!

Sam

July 10th, 2012
2:36 pm

To: “Society is Backwards”…..I love your passion. BUT please, as a teacher with a Masters Degree can you spell correctly and set a good example for the children? It’s “disgusts” not “discusts.” !!!!

Sdrawkcab

July 10th, 2012
2:43 pm

“discusts” ……you must be a teacher in the Atlanta Public School system!

Say It Aint So

July 10th, 2012
2:45 pm

And with a master’s. Damn.