This year is not ending on a happy note for some couples that are desperately trying to maintain balance despite domestic chaos. The latest headlines are not encouraging thanks to the predictable pathetic setup.

Allen Iverson, former NBA heavyweight, has allegedly put his soon to be ex-wife Tawanna and five kids in a desperate bind. She claims that not only did he leave them penniless, but he also left them $23,000 in debt. The story goes that after Tawanna filed for divorce back in June of this year, her estranged husband abruptly stopped providing financially for his children, even though his net worth is an impressive $20 million. And to make matters worse, he continued to withdraw large sums of money from their joint account, including a withdrawal for $20,000, which she claims he spent on diamonds! Yikes! Looks like Iverson needs someone to put him in check. Hopefully Tawanna is up to the task.

Terrell Owens is also having a trying time living up to his fatherly duties. He is being ganged up on by two of his baby mommas who have jointly filed a court motion pleading with the LA County judicial system to bring Owens to task for being $30,000 behind in child support payments. Samelia Miller, mother of his five year old son, and Kimberly Floyd who has a seven year old daughter with the athlete turned reality star, are both accusing Owens of missing several months of payment.

His PR crew is doing damage control by insisting that T.O. is aware of the situation, and that because of his unstable employment status, it has been challenging for him to meet his expectations and that explains why he is trying to adjust his child support payments accordingly.

Either way, it is sad to see two grown men being publicly embarrassed for flaking out on something that is clearly their responsibility and duty. When will the train finally arrive at the station for good?

  • SAA

    “He is being ganged up on by two of his baby mommas who have jointly filed a court motion pleading with the LA County judicial system to bring Owens to task for being $30,000 behind in child support payments. ”

    - and they say Black women don’t stick together!!

  • Ketta

    Haha that was a good one. I do believe when money is involve we do overcome:)

  • Mimi

    I hope that T.O. aint trying to use the defense of “I don’t have it to give”. BULLSH!T!!! I really wish athletes, businessmen and other financially established men would either quit making all these babies that they have no intention of supporting, or just go ahead and do what’s right. If you don’t want to come up off the money, then don’t make them. This isn’t rocket science! UGH!!!

    I also think that every athlete who signs a multi-million dollar contract should be forced to take a money management course. How many great NFL/NBA players signed multi-million dollar contracts in their heyday and are broke now? So disappointing.

  • http://@clnmike Clnmike

    They must have been aware that they could not play for ever, someone should have pulled their coat and told them to start adjusting their spending habits and amount of payments like yesterday. Those baby mammas are going to be stuck too if they dont adjust as well cause if he does not have it well………..

  • jamesfrmphilly

    grow up? this is what being a real man is all about. support yours!

  • CD86

    Stories like this are the reason I do not understand women who depend on men. What I also don’t understand is why there are so many athletes living paycheck to paycheck. If one makes millions of dollars in one year, why is it that once unemployed they cannot maintain?

  • African Mami

    Terrell IRKS me. A man CRYING over finances KILLS me!!!!!! YES! I saids it. If you need more clarification on that…holler!

  • QON

    These athletes are surrounded by a bunch of leeches, most of whom are relatives. Look at what happened to MC Hammer. He tried to hire, save, and promote everyone in East Oakland. No one was criticizing him for his generosity then but had something to say about what he should have done with his money when he lost it all. The difference is that these white athletes dont have begging relatives like black athletes do.

  • QON

    Yes and other men kill their whole family or jump out the window. Let him cry as long as he does something about it afterwards.

  • QON

    I have a question, what the hell did these women do with ALL the money they were getting in the past? They were getting paid bank during these men’s heyday. Perhaps these broke begging baby mommas should take a course in money management as well. If you getting paid thousands of dollars in child support, even for a few years there is NO reason you should be broke now. I have more sympathy for these athletes because they squandered money THEY actually earned but these bust downs squandered money they got just for getting knocked up by the right brotha.

  • thinkpink

    How are you going to have sympathy for the men that knocked them up? These men know they are financially viable and if thats not enough to make them carefully choose who they sleep with…unprotected might I add…then I dont know what is. Looks like both parties just aren’t making good life choices and now children have the pleasure of being stuck in the middle of some adult foolishness.

  • QON

    @thinkpink

    Like I said, these men earned their own money. They have more of a right to do as they please with it. These women, squandered away hundreds of dollars of thousands of dollars that was allocated to their children. See the difference? Maybe THESE women shouldnt have children that they cant afford unless some baller is pitching in. These men should sue these women for misappropriation of funds.

    Courtesy of Wikipedia:

    In law, misappropriation is the intentional, illegal use of the property or funds of another person for one’s own use or other unauthorized purpose, particularly by a public official, a trustee of a trust, an executor or administrator of a dead person’s estate or by any person with a responsibility to care for and protect another’s assets (a fiduciary duty). It is a felony, a crime punishable by a prison sentence.

    All these bust downs should go to jail.

  • d_nicegirl

    Hmmm. I wonder if Iverson’s ex-wife knows she’s a “bust down.” I also wonder if all women who have children with ball players are “bust downs.” Also, where is it mentioned that funds were misappropriated?

  • LemonNLime

    First, I have a problem with these men not paying to support the children they help bring into the world. This all could have been avoided if they weren’t STUPID and wrapped it up because they have more to lose. They made the mistake so now it is their responsibility to help take care of these children. Honestly, in this day and age, I question the IQ level of any man willing to sleep with a women without protection especially knowing not only the health but financial burden it can bring.

    Second, these men need to get into so basic financial planning classes and learn that everyone with a smile or sharing your blood is not thinking in your best interest. Help your parents and granparents maybe the siblings a little bit, I get that, but everyone else is on their own.

    Third, some of these women are getting $20-40K/year in child support! That is a salary! And that money should be going to the welfare of the children meaning school, college savings, medical bills, child care, extra curriculars, food, cloths, housing. They are NOT supposed to be living off of it, using it to buy expensive cars, plastic surgery, mansions, fancy cloths cloths, etc., rather they should be working to pay for that crap out of their own money not money allotted to the children.

    Now I don’t know if that is the case for these women but we all know it happens. If that is the case then for once, I agree with QON: “These men should sue these women for misappropriation of funds.”

  • d_nicegirl

    “They are NOT supposed to be living off of it…” Actually, that IS the purpose of child support.

  • QON

    @d_nicegirl

    Girl stop. You know the majority of these women were never wives so they arent going to hide behind the few that were.

    ” Also, where is it mentioned that funds were misappropriated?”

    This is courtesy of TMZ:

    Baby Mama #1, Monique Reynolds
    T.O. and Monique have an 11-year-old son together. According to the papers, he paid $20,000/month in support until last year, when it was reduced to $11,202. He also gave her $100,000 to buy a house.

    Baby Mama #2, Kimberly Floyd
    They share a 7-year-old daughter, for whom TO was ordered to pay $20,000/month for back in 2005. In 2008, they agreed to drop that to $15,000.

    Baby Mama #3, Samelia Miller
    Miller gave birth to a son back in 2006. He was ordered to pay $13,400/month in support.

    Baby Mama #4, Melanie Paige Smith
    T.O. was ordered to pay $5,000/month for their daughter back in 2007. This is the only case where T.O. has not yet requested a reduction … though his rep says he plans to ask for a modification.

    I dont know if these women actually got this amount of money but its safe to believe they werent getting $500.00 a month.

    Where they hell did all this money go? Twenty thousand dollars a month is $240,000 a year. Really? These bust downs need to go to money management classes during their prison stay for misappropriation of funds. If I were any of these men I would ask receipts for EVERY THING. Make sure not one dime was spent on manicuring not one nail.

  • d_nicegirl

    If your daddy is rich, aren’t you supposed to live the life of a rich kid? Should a rich kid be driven around in a junk car, wear rags, live in substandard housing and attend a subpar school?

    You are correct. Money management courses are in order for all involved.

    As for TO, I got lost when you started listing ALL of his children’s mothers. I can’t feel sorry for someone who obviously didn’t care enough to use a condom.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    Is there any data that suggest white athletes manage their money better than black athletes? Or are we just making up things again??

  • QON

    @LemonnLime

    “Third, some of these women are getting $20-40K/year in child support! That is a salary! And that money should be going to the welfare of the children meaning school, college savings, medical bills, child care, extra curriculars, food, cloths, housing. They are NOT supposed to be living off of it, using it to buy expensive cars, plastic surgery, mansions, fancy cloths cloths, etc., rather they should be working to pay for that crap out of their own money not money allotted to the children.”

    But that is exactly what is happening to all this money. It is a misappropriation of funds. These women dont work. The nerve of some people telling these men they need to study financial planning with their own money while these women are mismanaging money allocated to their children. These men are the one with the pay check, the talent, and the resources. These women are a bunch of LOSERS! No talent, no ingenuity. Just the courts.

    “Second, these men need to get into so basic financial planning classes and learn that everyone with a smile or sharing your blood is not thinking in your best interest. Help your parents and granparents maybe the siblings a little bit, I get that, but everyone else is on their own.”

    And thats another thing. Look at Keisha Cole. It seems like everyone in her family was sponging off of her. Its easy and quite prejudicial to say these black male athletes are going broke on white women, cars, and bling but I bet all their mothers, and sisters, and aunties and cousins be stuntin’ all over town with his money.

    If I had a ballin’ relative that was breaking me off I would have a savings account and some stock in Google or Apple. I would spend a little on traveling and learning a martial art.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I laughed so hard reading your comment. You think $20-$40K a YEAR is enough to buy expensive cars, plastic surgery, mansions, and fancy clothes? Oh my good God.

  • QON

    @d_nicegirl

    False analogy. You cant as a child sue your father for not being able to take care of you the way he was able to before he went broke. These women arent children (though I am sure you want them to be treated as such if it means they can be taken care of by a rich black daddy) They have the responsibility to spend HUNDRED OF THOUSANDS of DOLLARS on their children not themselves.

    “Should a rich kid be driven around in a junk car, wear rags, live in substandard housing and attend a subpar school?”

    You sound stupid. You telling me that in order for these children to have a good life their mother must be getting over $200,000 a year? That would mean most of Americans children are living in poverty because few Americans make that much. But thanks to the mismanagement of these women with the hundreds of thousands of dollars they were getting these kids will be back in the hood. No future time orientation I guess.

    ” I can’t feel sorry for someone who obviously didn’t care enough to use a condom.”

    I cant feel sorry for these loser, lazy, no talent, jobless, living off of the talents of some man- females who didnt care enough about their children to save.

  • QON

    @TheBestAnon

    I reckon that was a typo because according to TMZ that is what some of these women were receiving a month.

  • LemonNLime

    @d_nicegirl – No it is called child support not spousal support. The have legs and arms. That money should be used to provide for the children and just the children, not compensate the mother

    @ – QON and TheBestAnonEver, Part 2 – Yes that was a typo.

    If you are getting 20-$40K/month in CHILD support, you better NEVER complain about running out of money. That is straight greed. Take a look at the spending habits and taxes of these women I bet you aren’t going to find them spending 30K/month on school, diapers, food and kids cloths. Heck with that that much you can set up a college fund for your kid!

  • d_nicegirl

    Is child support based off the incomes of all noncustodial parents? No. Just the parent involved. His income only. Parents who make less, pay less. Mentioning all other parents/children sounds stupid to me.

  • d_nicegirl

    The thing is that child support can be used for household expenses. I think it would be weird if I was getting 20K a month in child support and having my child live with me in a shack.

  • edub

    All of this could be avoided if:
    1. Men used protection
    2. Court system revamped the meaning of support. Figure out how much it takes to raise a child and have the man and woman split that cost. If you want 20,000 per month, then you contribute half of that amount per month.

  • QON

    @edub

    Your comment that men should use protection is completely obtuse. The children at some point were receiving lots of money in child support. A loss in come happens to everyone. Everyone needs to adjust for it. Youre effectively telling these men that if they cant keep up with hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in child support, they shouldnt have children. How about these women use protection so they dont have to spend their free time in family court begging for money that isnt theirs.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    what ever the wife may or may not have done is irrelevant.
    it’s called CHILD support. a man takes care of his own.

  • edub

    QNC,
    I do get your point and agree with it.

  • Whatever

    Reading this I had a flashback of TO on his show crying in his mother’s bosom like a big f*cking baby that all his cousins and best friends have settled down and he hasn’t. None of these women were worth marrying? 4 children from 4 different women and you are crying to your mama about financial problems? Not only is he a professional NFL player he is a professional baby daddy.

    Under so many articles here on Clutch there are people raging a war on single black women for having OOW children. This right here is the other half of that problem. It definitely takes TWO. Forget about money management, where are his priorities in life? You have to be in and out of court letting a judge decide how and when you should support your child? You didn’t learn after the 1st child?… 2nd child?…. damn! or the 3rd? So after 4 children you’re crying that you want to be married?

    I do not feel sorry for these sloppy a** athletes and their baby mama drama. Women start throwing themselves at them from college. They know the drill. If they decide to lay down w/ every women swinging it their way without protection then they need to take responsibility for these children. Pay up and shutup.

  • Whatever

    @QON
    Below is your post from this discussion (http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2011/11/double-standard-kourtney-kardashian-pregnant-again-no-one-cares-shes-not-married/comment-page-1/#comments)

    Clearly,
    you have a problem with single black mothers in general because here we are presented with a situation where 1 man has 4 children by 4 different women and you are blaming them for wanting him to pay child support (and who cares how much). What if this was a single mother with 4 children by 4 different men? He is irresponsible. Period. He can be a part of the lives of these children as well making sure they go to right schools etc. Instead, their mothers get a check from his absentee cry baby a**. He is just as much to blame.

    QON
    DECEMBER 1, 2011 AT 9:57 AM
    @EMS

    Yes in an ideal world- the one that exist solely in your heart and mind, we wouldnt have to worry about the children of single mothers, generally. However in the real world- the one we actually inhabit, the single mothers havent been keeping up with their end of the bargain. Their children are a pariah on soceity- the schools, the courts, the emergency rooms, the streets and eventually they clogg up the prison system and the welfare rolls.Tell those single mothers that they have to do better for the image of single mothers. Their children have to have the best grades in school, go on to the top universities, secure the best jobs, have the most stable marraiges, and have the least of their progeny in prison or on the welfare rolls. Theny ou will convince me that its thier business!! Remember we pay for all of it.

  • HuesofHoney

    @Qon You would be surprised at how many athlete’s don’t extend a hand to their (immediate) families. I’m not talking about distant cousins. Keyshia Cole is to be commended cause she knows what it is to struggle….So, please if you re passing out money it should be to your family…Oh, my bad.. exotic ho’s before family…I’m not a black man..so.

    Yes…black athletes blow their money on cars, jewelry, making it rain at the strip club, vacations, paying off jumpoffs, funding mistresses lifestyles etc….Let’s keep it real…cause we see all this playout everyday….Yes, the mothers should have rainy day accounts…and so should these athletes. They should be investing and putting money up for their children’s future. Sorry. No Excuses.

    You know when you make a child you are responsible for it as a parent for the next 18 to 24 years. PERIOD

    Since when is child care, school clothes, food, utilities, activities,rent, family car, medical and dental cheap….what city is that?

  • HuesofHoney

    Then they should go to court and make that point. Most of the time these men if they were married to the mother…give her alimony or a lump sum agreed on during the divorce. The child support is seperate….and it’s based on the amount the father can afford to pay…you don’t think your child should live the same lifestyle your living? I don’t get some of these comments….so, these kids should live in the hood? they should go to public schools? and take public transportation…cause the mother only has a high school education? or hasn’t worked in 13 years? the excuses are lame.

    That’s why certain laws were set in California…cause men were making millions and they had their kids living in run down apartments or homeless cause they were mad at their ex wives…..that’s not right in anyway shape or form…Sorry, Make sure the mother of your child is a woman you feel you can always have the upmost respect for …how about that.

    Think Kobe…he married his wife while she was in high school….she’s not working…and hello probably never has…okay.. video model…I believe that’s how he met her. seriously.
    You think its fair that if she decides to divorce him …she would now have to find away to support herself and two children….and Kobe’s a multi millionaire….I think you guys are not being realistic.

  • QON

    @Whatever

    Missing the forest for the trees. This isnt about child support. This isnt even about how much money these lazy baby mamas are getting. This is about what they are doing with upwards of $200,000 dollars a year. Where has all that money gone? This money was for the children. Did it get lost somewhere between their hair and nail appointments?

  • QON

    @HuesofHoney

    So in order for these children to dress in nice clothes, go to nice private schools and eat well every single dime of over $200,000 has to be spent? Be serious. These women, just like these men, have an obligation to be thrift worthy as well. Its about time these lazy moms account for all the money that is spent. Receipts, receipts and more receipts.

    I remember when 50 cent was on a radio program talking about his baby mama. Apparently she had her whole family living in the home he bought for her and his son. She also had her man living up in there. Thats where the child support is going. Stop acting brand new.

  • QON

    @HuesofHoney,

    “Yes…black athletes blow their money on cars, jewelry, making it rain at the strip club, vacations, paying off jumpoffs, funding mistresses lifestyles etc….Let’s keep it real…cause we see all this playout everyday….Yes, the mothers should have rainy day accounts…and so should these athletes. They should be investing and putting money up for their children’s future. Sorry. No Excuses.”

    Here is the huge difference, these black athletes get up and work everyday. They can spend their money on what they want. These lazy baby mamas, no talent, no job, no life, are spending child support on the same thing but they arent the ones who are actually making that money. That money was NEVER for them.

    Look what happened to MC Hammer? He was supporting everyone now he cant support NO ONE.

    “Since when is child care, school clothes, food, utilities, activities,rent, family car, medical and dental cheap….what city is that?”

    Child care? These women work? Since when does it cost more than $200,000 to maintain a kid? How much of their own money are these women contributing to the pot to maintain their kids? Not a dime. I want to see receipts!

    The average income in America is about $65,000.

    Its funny how these men, who actually make the money, have to account for every dime but we are supposed to assume that the child support is being spent on these kids and these kids alone.

    Anecdotally, we all know how people misuse their welfare money. Why anyone here would be shocked that these chicks would misuse their child support is beyond me.

  • LemonNLime

    @ HuesofHoney – Seriously if took 200K/year to raise 1 kid no one would be able to have children. You can provide extensively for your child (not yourself) on way less than that. And no where is it implied that just because you have a rich parent means they are going to spoil you rotten. I’m pretty sure even Bill Gates said he wanted his kids to be able to pay their way through college because he worked to get to where he at. That money should be going to the kids expenses and savings for college. Period. Mothers who are concerned about the welfare and future of their children know this and would not have squander way this money.

  • Are You Serious Bro

    I understand T.O situation more then A.I. The reason being that NBA contracts are guaranteed and NFL contracts are not. A.I shame on you son. When you sign a 7 year deal worth 100 million dollars in the NBA, the owner of your team is obligated to give you every cent of the money. That is part of the reason why Iverson net worth is so high.

    In the NFL 99% of the players will never receive the full 100 million. Only signing bonuses count there. The perfect example of this is Michael Vick’s new contract. The media was in an uproar when they found out he was getting paid close to 109 million dollars over 7 years by the Eagles. But when you break down the contract only 20 million is guaranteed and Vick is 18million dollars in debt to his collectors and NFL franchise Atlanta Falcons. So for 7 years only 2 million is guaranteed out of the 109 million dollars. T.O is in the same situation, he was not pulling as much bank as people think and definitely is in over his head now.

    These stories should serve as an example to young athletes out there to wrap it up extra extra extra tight, not wife any one up during your playing days, manage your money, and seek guidance from the vets on their team who has been through the drama and has exp under their belt.

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  • Too Bad

    Too Bad they were both idiots about money and life. Now they can just suck on eggs.

  • Mike posey

    Hey T.O. The court doesnt care how you pay just pay, they don’t care if you have a job just pay, so I suggest you grab a shovel and get your sorry broke ass self out and earn money the old fashion way. Millions of people do it everyday, they don’t like it but they have to. You’re done with football you’ve been done for years. I pay child support do what I can to live but my child is getting what I have. Not living lavsely you have houses all over the place maybe when you were making millions you could have look ahead a little maybe after the first child you could have thought maybe I’m not the fatherly type and thought gosh this is going to cost me a bunch then you had 3 more. Must have skipped that day in school of learning about consequences of your actions. If you could have kept your mouth shut played hard and honest you could still be playing but running your mouth is all you know it hid your flaws as a person and a football player, frankly never saw what you saw in yourself, all you ever were was a pain in everyone’s ass. No one blackballed you, you did it all to yourself. First lesson people do not like whinny rich athletes who think they are special and better than everyone. Believe me you aren’t that special, to be honest glad it happened to you you are well deserving of everything that has happened to you and what is waiting for you down the road. Good luck all star

  • Unbelievable

    What kid needs 63,000 a month to be supported. Its an absolute joke these females get this much money. Thats over a quarter million a year just to support a kid, and they get their rent paid too! What an absolute joke. These money hungry bitches deserve no more than 2000 a month, and maybe the worthless ass can get a part time job and a babysitter.

  • richard fedler

    these women are total dead beat losers. the whole child support system is an absolute joke. i totally agree that these rich athletes should be paying substantial amounts relative to their income to the CHILD not the free loading mothers. no child costs 20000 per month to raise. a suitable amount of money should go to support like food and housing but nearly all the funds should be held in trust in an account for the child when they are adults. child support should not be used as a get rich quick scam which is clearly what all these woman are using it for. every one of these woman are more than capable of getting off their asses and working.

  • jayson

    hookers always work together

  • jayson

    I’m glad you pointed out these gold-digging hopefuls. They ought to stop chasing men for their money and try to earn a living themselves and then they wouldn’t be left in the predicament of having to support children they had just to support themselves through rich athletes. As far as i’m concerned, I don’t feel sorry for these women. They are a disgrace to womenhood, all of them except Allen Iverson woman. At least he was her husband. The rest are sluts. Let em go find a job!

  • jayson

    LOl! Love it!

  • http://clutch No respect

    I think even thought all of these people should have to provide for their kids but if the man is not making that kind of money anymore I think they should lower his child support and they should teach these brothers about protecting themselves and their kids. I am a coo of a fortune 500 company and when my marriage ended I had to pay all this money in alimony and I was raising my 2 children. I dont believe child support of that amount should be given to these women because they laid on their back and had a baby. I think the child should be provided for but in a diffrent manner. Baby momma driving 100,000 dollar cars child support footing the bill come on. Im footing the bill for him and his girlfriend to drive nice and live rich for 5 years never again.

  • Donna M.

    Whoever you are, I absolutely agree. The more of these stories I read, the more it comes down to women giving birth to babies to get money out of men = Breeding for $s.

  • RaiseTheBar

    Agree!

    I’ve termed it, “BREEDING for $s.

    It is RIDICULOUS that here in the 21st century the judicial system allows these Breeders to get away with this scam.

    The women should at the very least be required to MATCH the money they get from the men and also required to produce legitimate documentation accounting for where the money is spent.

  • Rick

    I don’t wish bad for anyone. Terrell Owens made some bad mistakes but everyone has his and her share of mistakes. He does need to move forward and pay for the support of his kids but I hope he finds good in life and become a better person and father.

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