Child Custody In Las Vegas
January 10, 2012 by staff
Child Custody In Las Vegas, Troubled former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker appeared in Cook County Court for allegedly not paying child support and tuition bills for his youngest teenage daughter, officials said.
But a Circuit Court judge said Thursday he could take no action on the matter because of Walker’s pending bankruptcy case.
A federal judge will have to determine if the court proceedings against Walker related to his child support and past-due tuition bills can proceed while he is still in bankruptcy court, officials said.
According to records provided by his daughter’s mother, Walker owes $27,817 to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for his daughter’s tuition. He also has not made his $4,195 monthly child support payments in more than two years, said Donna Grant, the mother of the couple’s daughter.
Grant had the courts request Walker’s appearance in court mainly to force him to pay his daughter’s tuition, she said. If the past-due amount is not paid this month, their 13-year-old daughter will be forced to leave the school, Grant said, showing a letter from the school.
“It’s not about him, it’s just for my daughter’s education,” she said. “I just want her to stay in school. I don’t want her to have to transfer. Her education is important, and it’s not being treated like it’s important.”
For years, Walker, 35, has been plagued by financial troubles and woes. He has been sued for not paying his debts, accused of being a slumlord and was the victim of a dramatic armed robbery in 2007 where he was bound with duct tape and stripped of his cash, jewelry and flashy car.
Walker grew up on the South Side and was a standout basketball player at Mount Carmel High School.
He was a three-time All-Star with the Boston Celtics and won an NBA championship while playing with the Miami Heat in 2006. He reportedly earned about $110 million during the 13 years he played in the NBA. He retired in 2008. Recently he has been playing in Boise, Idaho, with the NBA Development League.
The former star filed for Chapter 7 in May 2010.
In his bankruptcy filing, Walker reported having $12.7 million in liabilities and $4.2 million in assets because of bad real estate investments and gambling losses. He owes $1.2 million to casinos in East Chicago and Las Vegas.
In addition, Walker owes more than $2 million on a house he bought his mother in Tinley Park.
According to his bankruptcy records, Walker said he had $2,900 in his savings account, owned $19,000 in clothes and furniture and owned his $6,000 championship ring.
In his bankruptcy filing, Walker lists both Grant and his older daughter’s mother as recipients of child support but does not list an amount owed to them.
Walker is currently on probation in Idaho after he pleaded guilty to not paying about $750,000 in gambling debts to three Las Vegas casinos. Because of his probation, Walker had to get permission to leave the state in order to attend Thursday’s hearing, said Helen Ashford, an attorney representing Grant.
In court, the 6-foot-8-inch forward stood silently as his attorneys explained his pending bankruptcy to Circuit Judge Michael Ian Bender.
According to the attorneys, Walker owes about $117,000 in past-due child support, but he said some of the court documents were never delivered to him. Walker and Grant have joint custody of their daughter, but the agreement “hasn’t been the best,” Walker’s attorney Jessee R. Dagen told the judge.
Dagen also told the judge that her team is still trying to obtain bank statements, which will show how much Walker has been paying to support his daughter.
After the hearing, Walker said he didn’t want to talk to reporters, and his attorney also refused to comment.
But Grant said she was disappointed with the outcome. She said she has tried for months to persuade Walker to pay the tuition bills, but he hasn’t been reliable. She said she has also asked him about his child support payments but doesn’t get a hopeful response.
“He just told me to get in line behind all the casinos and everyone else he owes,” she said.
Grant said she works selling real estate and she has been making the current tuition payments to keep their daughter in school. She needs Walker, however, to pay the past-due bills until the rest is sorted out in court, she said.
“I’m just disappointed that he didn’t care enough about his child to put her first … before gambling his money away,” she said. “I would have thought his daughter would have come first in any situation.”
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