The National Football League is a great sport full of toughness and competitiveness. It's difficult for the players to be home during the season with their families, for obvious reasons, because of the demanding schedule. Some players have children who get to go home and be with them after a long day at practice. It's a long season with time away from family from the months of July-December, sometimes even into January and February.
Football players are like role models to not only their kids, if they have any, but also to younger athletes. They show you that if you work hard you can accomplish anything.
However, there are those players that are negative role models and are terrible fathers in sports in general. It goes to the player's head that they make tremendous money, earning millions of dollars, so they can do whatever they want all for the wrong reasons. Sometimes, it's also a case of a player just not being responsible and having far more kids than they're prepared to have, with multiple baby mommas. Even if you're making a six or seven figure salary, having so many kids around the country will catch up to you. In this article you will see, as I explain to you, the 15 NFL players who are deadbeats.
15 Robert Meachem
Robert Meachem was once a standout talent for the New Orleans Saints, winning a Super Bowl with the team back in the 2009 season. He scored nine touchdowns in that magical season but it proved to be an exception in his career, as his stats dipped the following years before the Saints chose not to re-sign him following the 2014 campaign. That proved to be crucial, as he lost the $855,000 salary he was making.
He was clearly hurting for money earlier this year, as he was sent to jail for failing to pay nearly $400,000 in child support payments to his ex-wife to provide for their two children. Meachem also made some news back in April when he held a pro day, attempting to make an NFL comeback. Part of the reason for his financial woes were due to an associate bilking him out of a lot of money.
14 ANTONIO CROMARTIE
Antonio Cromartie has long been an incredible talent on the field. Off the field he’s anything but a fine example. Cromartie has 13 kids...yes 13 kids, with eight different women across the country. The amount of child support he pays is $3,500 a month per child, and an estimated $336,000 in child support a year. Cromartie is still able to provide for his kids, but how often can he really see each one and be there for them? He's also not going to be able to play football forever, so what's he going to do when he eventually has to walk away from football?
Cromartie is going to be a father to his 14th child soon with his current wife, Terricka Cason. Cromartie has made his rounds across the country with women from a high school sweetheart in Florida, to a corporate lawyer. Cromartie is not father of the year by any means, although he is a four time Pro Bowler, and is currently a free agent. His kids probably have to Google search their dad to know who he is.
13 TRAVIS HENRY
Some athletes in general have a faulted personal life and background. For Travis Henry, however, he seemed to have a problem with staying with one woman. Travis Henry has nine children, each by different mothers, some born as closely as a few months apart. Henry is a retired running back who played for three teams from 2001-2007. He played for the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, and Denver Broncos.
His decisions off the field cost him the opportunity to be one of the top running backs in the game. He was always in court for child support and would leave one woman he had a child with for another. His production on the field suffered. Travis Henry said that he was broke from all the child support he had to pay, so it’s no wonder why was on three teams. Coaches were probably sick of his off field behavior and it was affecting the locker room, so they cut him. In 2009 he was on house arrest for drugs. Henry was then jailed for failing to pay $16,600 in child support. He was paying $170,000 a year for child support, and claims he's "broke with nine mouths to feed," he told the New York Times in 2009.
12 WILLIS MCGAHEE
Willis McGahee was a pretty good running back in the NFL. But like Travis Henry, his problems were off the field mostly; he had nine children with eight different women. So here was another athlete not thinking of the consequences of his actions. He played nine seasons in the NFL as a running back from 2004-2013 and had all of those children – imagine that.
By those careless actions off the field again, it affected the teams he was on as it was probably a distraction for the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, and Cleveland Browns. He owed thousands of dollars in child support. Reportedly two of the children are with two different school teachers, one of whom he was married to.
11 MARK CHMURA
Mark Chmura is a former tight end for the Green Bay Packers and a Super Bowl champion. Mark Chmura was accused of sexually assaulting a former babysitter at a post prom party. He was acquitted on third-degree sexual assault in February of 2002. The charges he was facing carried an maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. His reputation would take a hit for this though even though he was acquitted of the charges held against him.
The babysitter who was 18 at the time didn't like the way Chumra would treat his wife. She told defense attorney Gerald Boyle at the time, "I disapproved of the way he would just stick her with the kids and come home separately hours later, It was just very disgusting to me." The teenager also testified that Chumra made suggestive comments to her. She also testified she told another teen at the party she disliked Chmura because she heard he had a child with another babysitter. Goes to show you, no one is safe out there.
10 MARV MARINOVICH
Marv Marinovich was an offensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders from 1962-1965. At the time he was drafted he worked and trained himself so hard that he actually overworked himself; to the point he left football to focus more on training and conditioning. He had a son named Todd who he trained to be tough since Todd was an infant. He wanted his son to make it into the NFL and be a star because he couldn’t.
Todd Marinovich did make it into the NFL, however, it was cut short. Marv trained his son Todd to become a quarterback. He played for USC and was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders at the time.
Todd’s NFL career would come to an end because of drug abuse. He was over trained hard and tough...so he turned to drugs instead.
9 RAE CARRUTH
Rae Carruth is a former wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers and is a convicted murderer. On November 16, 1999 Cherica Adams was shot four times by a friend of Carruth, Van Brett Watkins. Cherica Adams was eight months pregnant with Carruth’s child. Doctors were able to save the baby, but Cherica Adams passed away. The baby’s name is Chancellor Adams and because he was without oxygen for so long before he was born, he suffered brain damage and now has Cerebral Palsy. It was found in trial that Carruth hired Watkins to murder Adams because she wouldn’t abort the baby. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison.
Rae Carruth played three seasons with the Carolina Panthers before he was released by the team. He had 804 yards and 62 receptions. Carruth’s potential release date is set for October 18, 2018. His son, who he didn’t want, will be waiting at the gates when he gets released next October. Carruth’s selfish actions cost a life and he has spent the last 17 years of his life in a prison cell.
8 O.J. SIMPSON
We all know the story of O.J. Simpson. He went from Hall of Fame running back, to being acquitted of murder. He then facied jail time for an armed robbery and kidnapping. We all know how that turned out for him. O.J. Simpson had five kids who probably hate their last name; Sydney Simpson, Justin Simpson, Aaren Simpson, Arnelle Simpson, and Jason Simpson.
For O.J. Simpson’s kids it has to be pretty rough on them seeing their dad in prison and the media and fans bashing their name. O.J. had everything going for him. He changed the position of running back in the NFL. Most people won’t remember his playing days as much as they’ll remember the off field things he did or was involved in. All in all, O.J. Simpson has burned a lot of bridges and he should start by making amends with his kids, since he is now released.
7 CLINT SESSION
Former Colts linebacker Clint Session owed $200K in 2015 to support his disabled daughter. The mother of the child alleges that Session is hiding millions of dollars in his parents' names while not supporting their 3-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy and brain damage. A Broward County judge ordered him to pay almost $7,000 a month in addition to a lump sum of more than $200,000 for the child. The judge in their case found out that Session's parents wrote him checks for him to live on, allowing him to buy an $850,000 home in Fortville, Indiana, and a Mercedes for his girlfriend.
The mother of the child wanted the court to force Session to pay the support the judge mandated; whether that be by freezing his assets, fines, or putting him in jail. In May of 2016 Judge Nicholas Lopane issued an arrest warrant for the former Colts linebacker for his neglect of payments. He owed $381,912.63 for his daughter. Clint Session was on the Colts from 2007-2010. Session started 35 of his 48 games at linebacker he made four interceptions and 291 tackles. During that time span USA Today reported that Session made $375,000 to $655,000 from 2007-2009.
6 CHAD OCHOCINCO
Chad Ochocinco was living a great life playing football making millions of dollars. He played 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and one season with the Patriots that was a bust. He was good on the field, but off the field he had issues. Like some players, he had problems paying child support for his kids. Andrea Pearson and the former wide receiver have a 6-year-old son together. Ochocinco has five children but with one of the children he was late on child support. Chad Ochocinco failed to make $5,250 child support payment in April of 2016. He had agreed to make those payments back in 2012 when he was playing in the NFL. In 2013 he said "I find myself without a contract and without a team." Andrea Pearson's motion to get the funds included possibilities of garnishing Chad's wages, fine him, or throw him in prison.
5 TERRELL OWENS
Terrell Owens had everything going for him being in the NFL making millions of dollars. He played for 15 seasons in the league and was one of the best wide receivers in the game. He had his moments on the field with not getting the ball enough He would also have arguments with his teammates and coaches. He had his problems off the field too, with child support being an issue, suffering from depression, and the fact he was broke. He appeared on Dr. Phil in 2012 to say he's not a deadbeat dad, just broke. He has four kids and pays $50,000 a month in child support.
Three of the four mothers have sued Terrell Owens regarding child support in 2012. In a interview with GQ that year, he told them that the $80 million he made in the NFL is pretty much gone. He also said his financial advisers led him into risky investments such as an Alabama entertainment complex that cost him $2 million. He later learned the venture was illegal in the state and that it violated the NFL's policy of prohibiting players from investing in gambling. He told GQ, "I'm in hell, I don't have no friends I don't want no friends. That's how I feel."
4 WARREN SAPP
Warren Sapp has four kids and also has trouble making child support payments because he claimed he was broke. Sapp played for 12 seasons in the NFL and in 2012 he filed for bankruptcy. He owed thousands in child support payments to four different mothers. He claimed he lost his 2002 Super Bowl ring he won with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the National Championship ring he won with the Miami Hurricanes. Sapp denied the reports he was behind on child support and claimed he was no deadbeat dad. Sapp's ex- wife filed documents in Florida saying he owed $728,100 in child support. The documents also said that Sapp was ordered to pay $15,000 month in support for his two kids and another $45,000 per month in alimony. Sapp’s ex-wife also claimed that since March of 2010, he hasn’t been following the terms of the order, and she claims he’s been paying random amounts each month.
3 BENNIE BLADES
Bennie Blades played 10 seasons in the NFL. He played nine with the Detroit Lions and one with the Seattle Seahawks. He has six kids with six different women. His NFL career ended with an injury, after which, he ended up being a substitute teacher in Florida. That's an interesting tidbit, because he was actually arrested at the high school he was working for. His first charge was for failing to support for his daughter Ashley, who lives with her mother, and the other charge was failing to appear in court. Blades made $9 million in his career and owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support. One of the mothers wants Blades to pay up while the three other mothers claimed he doesn't have the money.
2 RAY LEWIS
Ray Lewis, the former linebacker and current analyst for FS1, has five kids with five women. In 2012 one of the women Lewis had a child with demanded more money from the football player. She received $3,500 a month in child support from Lewis. In 2012 she petitioned a family court to throw out the child support amount that she had originally agreed to with Lewis claiming he never fully disclosed his earnings.
Ray Lewis was also found not guilty of a murder charge, but instead, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. He originally was charged with two counts of murder but he cut a deal with prosecutors. When the Ray Rice video came out in 2014 of him and his fiancee in the elevator Lewis said. "There's some things you can cover up and some things you cant." Which means because there was video of Ray Rice, he couldn't cover anything up but there was no video for what you were charged for.
1 MARSHALL FAULK
Marshall Faulk was one of the greatest running backs in the NFL and was a 2011 Hall Of Fame Inductee. He was also great at running through women, having six kids with four women. He had 12,279 yards and in his 12 year Hall Of Fame career. It's not disclosed how much he pays for child support, but hopefully he makes enough with the NFL Network to support his kids. He has had six kids with three different women and with him no longer making the salary he was during his playing days, child support can only get more difficult to pay.
That wraps up our list. If we've learned anything, it's that no matter how much money you make, your kids have to come first, so don't sign up for parenthood if you're not fully committed to it.