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Terrell Owens Having Trouble With 5k a Month Child Support

Former Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens is no stranger to controversy. Though currently a free agent, Owens has been known over the course of his 14 years in the NFL for his creative touchdown celebrations, controversial statements and disputes with the league, fellow teammates, the media and just about anyone he comes across. Now Owens is trying to tell a California judge that he does not have enough money to keep up on his child support payments. Owens is seeking a child support modification, arguing that the payments reflect his income from four years ago, whereas now, he is not playing football at all.

Let’s take a look at what Owens earned in recent years. In 2006, he signed a three-year contract with the Cowboys worth $25 million. In 2009, Owens joined the Buffalo Bills for a one-year contract worth $6.5 million. In his most recent playing year, Owens played for the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2010-2011 season, having signed a one-year contract worth $2 million and which contained another $2 billion in bonuses.

According to sources, Owens pays $5,000 a month in child support, amounting to $60,000 a year. Given his salaries in recent years, the child support amount does not seem particularly outrageous. Then again, celebrities and athletes have developed a reputation for not being the best money managers. Owens has had trouble in the past making child support payments on time.

For child support in Texas, a child support modification order is possible when circumstances have changed substantially for the paying spouse. Do you think this is the case for Terrell Owens or should he have to the regular amount given his earnings over his career in the NFL?

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