posted on Aug, 9 2004 @ 08:23 PM
hhhmmmm..another brain surgeon
Rison to Be Jailed for Not Paying Support
Mon Aug 9,12:45 PM ET
By ELIOTT C. McLAUGHLIN, Associated Press Writer
DECATUR, Ga. - A judge ordered the arrest of former star receiver Andre Rison on Monday for failing to pay $107,350 in child support.
Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker ruled that Rison is in contempt of court and should be jailed for 20 days. She asked that other jurisdictions
outside the state assist in the arrest. Rison was not at court Monday.
Rison hasn't paid his $3,500-a-month child-support payment for his 16- and 18-year-old children since August 2002, the order said. The child-support
total is $87,500, with the additional amount coming from interest and attorney's fees.
Randall Kessler, an attorney for Raycoa Handley, the mother of two of Rison's children, said he thinks Rison is in Michigan or Florida.
"I just want him to come forward and pay his child support. I didn't want him to go to jail," Handley said.
She said Rison hasn't seen or talked to his children in 2 1/2 years.
Kessler said asking for Rison's arrest and extradition is the only way to get his attention.
Rison's attorney, Max Richardson, said he is going to "try and see Mr. Rison does what he's supposed to do." He declined further comment.
Last month, a district judge in Michigan dismissed a felony charge against Rison for failing to pay child support to his ex-wife for their 16-year-old
son. Rison owed more than $90,000 to Tonja Rison and had been charged with felony nonsupport in December 2002.
Rison last played for the Oakland Raiders (news) in 2000, finishing with 41 catches for 606 yards and six touchdowns while helping them reach the AFC
championship game. He was suspended for four games in 2001 for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy and has been out of football
Rison, who played from 1989-2000, had 743 catches for 10,205 yards and 84 touchdowns in 12 seasons with seven teams