For nearly a year, we’ve been reporting on Eric Williams’ child support drama. In case you’ve been in the dark for a bit, allow us to catch you up to speed.
Last summer, we told you that a judge issued a warrant for the retired NBA star’s arrest behind his refusal to submit to a DNA test. A woman accused Williams of fathering a child that she gave birth to back in 2011—while he was still living with his estranged wife, former “Basketball Wives” star Jennifer Williams.
By February of this year, the troubled ex-athlete was making headlines again. This time, Williams was being taken to court by the mother of his 13-year-old son, who claimed that he owed nearly $25,000 in unpaid child support. Though a judge ordered that Williams pay his son’s mother the owed amount, she was unable to collect because she was unable to locate him.
After a stint of what the unnamed woman’s attorney has described as “exhaustive” efforts to track Williams down, he’s finally cooperating with the courts—but not in a way that his son’s mother may have been hoping for. According to TMZ, the athlete claims that he has not been present at previous child support hearings because he’s homeless.
“[The]court-ordered citation for me to appear was not delivered to my home address as I have no home,” Eric stated in a recent filing.
As if that weren’t enough, Eric is also claiming he’s so broke that he cannot afford airfare to appear at scheduled court dates or to even hire a lawyer. Currently, he says he’s volunteering at a non-profit organization.
“I’m in the rebuilding stages of my life,” he added.
Tsk, tsk, tsk.