Former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, who was once a star for being one of only six NFL players to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season, was arrested for child abandonment on July 31. The arrest comes amidst allegations that he also failed to pay child support.
Authorities say that Lewis is delinquent on the child support obligations he owes, and that he has not seen his child for a year. Lewis was released from jail after a couple of hours and issued a statement that the child abandonment arrest was simply a misunderstanding.
Lewis played six seasons in Baltimore, beginning in 2000. He then moved to Georgia, where he retired from the NFL in 2009. The Ravens had plans to honor Lewis as their newest inductee to the Ring of Honor during a home game against the Cleveland Browns on September 27, 2012.
Lewis has a history financial and legal trouble. The former star filed for bankruptcy in Georgia in April, listing $14.5 million in assets and $10.6 million in debts. Lewis is also one of the players currently suing the NFL regarding their misrepresentation of the damage caused by concussions. He previously was arrested for using a cell phone to make a drug transaction.
Child support is a court ordered payment that requires the non-custodial parent to pay money to the custodial parent. Courts can also order chi ld support when the parents share custody, but there is a disparity in their incomes.
In Maryland, court-ordered child support payments continue until the non-custodial parent petitions the court to change the amount ordered by the court, even if the parent is disabled or unemployed. This may be an option for Lewis, but it appears he has a few other concerns to attend to as well.
Source: Baltimore Sun, “Report: Ex-Ravens RB Jamal Lewis arrested, charged with child abandonment“, Jeff Zrebiec, August 1, 2012