After a tough season at the plate hitting just .249 with 16 HR and 60 RBI, his worst figures in over a decade, it was reported on Friday that Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is embroiled in a hotly-contested paternity suit.
The 2012 Triple Crown champion and 2-time AL MVP is being sued by a Florida woman who claims Cabrera isn’t paying her enough child-support for two children he fathered with her. According to The Detroit News, this could cost Cabrera up to $100,000 per month. Just an insane amount of money to be dishing out every month. Or maybe not..?
“Belkis Mariela Rodriguez, 35, of Orlando, sued Cabrera in Florida in August after the Tigers first baseman allegedly slashed child-support payments, a move that coincided with the Tigers veteran helping her buy a nearly $1 million home earlier this year. Cabrera is one of the world’s wealthiest athletes, earning more than $30 million a year, but is fighting over how much money the children should receive.
Cabrera, 34, wants paternity tests conducted on the children, born in 2013 and 2015, and has accused Rodriguez of extorting him, according to court records. It’s unclear if those tests have been administered. Cabrera currently is paying her more than $6,200 a month.” — The Detroit News
Extortion. Something pro athletes are all too familiar with. Although, if they could just resist temptations or make a halfway-smart decision in the heat of the moment none of them would be as embattled as they are. But the trap is real. That’s why Maury is still one of the greatest shows on television.
It’s especially real for free-agent NFL cornerback most notable for his time with the New York Jets, Antonio Cromartie. This man just introduced his 14th child to the world on Aug. 30. 14 children is impressive enough, right? But Cromartie must be superhuman. He has allegedly had three kids since the man took the scissors to the boys in 2013.
Remember when Cromartie was asked to name all of his kids on HBO’s Hard Knocks and struggled mightily? Classic. That’s when you know you might have a problem. Seek help. Maybe consider some sex-addict counseling? Cromartie now pays at least $336,00 per year in child-support.
If I was being legally limbo’d to dish out $100,00 a month in child-support you’re damn right I’m getting that paternity test if there is even a 1% chance in my mind that the kids aren’t mine. Although, that could put you in a rough position long-term if you find out the kids are, in fact, yours. Now the bridge might be burnt with the kids, maybe they don’t want to see him or maybe they do. Impossible to know. But the child-support suit puts pro athletes between a rock and a hard-place. It’s literally asking to put a price tag on your children which surely any everyday parent would say is impossible.
It was reported that Cabrera was already giving the woman at least $6,200 per month, adding up to more than $74,000 over the course of the year. Plenty of money for a mother and two kids to live off of if we’re being honest, which we always are. Cabrera also reportedly helped the woman buy a million dollar home in Orlando earlier this year.
But Cabrera makes over $30 million a year off his Tigers’ contract alone without counting endorsements or other business ventures. $74,000 is just 0.24% of his total salary going to his (alleged) children. The typical child-support payment is 25% of the non-custodial parent’s income dedicated for one child. Which would be a mere $7.5 million per year or $625,000 per month Cabrera would be paying. And everybody can agree that would be an insane figure to be court-ordered to pay.
So all in all, $100,000 might actually be a generous offer from the Florida woman. If this was Deal or No Deal, you might have to press that button.
One other thing is also certain. We would much rather have “Embroiled in Child-Support Case Miggy” over “Drunk Miggy” any day of the week. Just get that back better for next season big fella’. The city of Detroit needs you to put the Superman cape back on.