Terrell Owens’ new contract with the Seattle Seahawks has already affected his child support case.
The Atlanta attorney for Melanie Smith, the mother of one of Owens’ four children, said Wednesday he would move for dismissal of Owens’ request to have his $5,000-a-month payments reduced.
In an email to the AJC, Randall M. Kessler said, “Now that Terrell Owens has a new contract with the Seattle Seahawks, we will soon file a motion to dismiss the request for a reduction in child support he filed last month. We are glad that he is back in the NFL and wish him the best. This will benefit him and his children.”
Owens, 38, agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks on Monday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. He has not played in the NFL since 2010.
He has struggled to pay child support to his four children, ages 5-12.
In July, the six-time Pro Bowl receiver avoided possible arrest, paying $20,000 in back child support to Smith, the mother of his 7-year-old daughter.
His support payments total $44,600 a month. Despite earning what he has estimated as $80 million during his 14 years in the NFL, Owens says he’s broke.