According to Erica Byfield of WSBTV 2, free agent NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens is $20,000 behind in child support payments and could be facing jail time.
Owens failed to show up for his child support hearing on Thursday and Judge John Goger was very upset, per Byfield.
Owens’ attorney David Hartin told the judge to blame him for Owens not showing up, since there was a communication failure.
Melanie Smith, the mother of Owens’ 7 year-old daughter says that Owens hasn’t made any child support payments in months. According to a previous agreement he’s supposed to be paying Smith $5,000 a month.
“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 Byfield.
The case has been rescheduled for July 19th and if Owens once again fails to show up, he’ll likely be headed to jail.
“We are hoping next week the case will come to a resolution and Mr. Owens will pay and pay every month,” said Kessler.