This is what Orlando Magic PG Gilbert Arenas looks like when he’s served custody and child support papers at halftime of Thursday’s game against the Miami Heat. Notice the stunned look of utter confusion on Arenas’ face as he makes his way to the locker room.
Arenas’ estranged girlfriend, and mother of his three (soon to be four ) kids, Laura Govan, filed the custody and child support petition after she claims she was cut off financially by the Magic star, a claim Arenas and his lawyer vehemently deny.
As per the Associated Press…
The petition seeks custody and child support for three children that Govan says Arenas fathered and has since “financially cut off.” She is also seeking support for another unborn child, as well as monthly support for the other children.
In the petition, she is seeking $109,000 in monthly support payments from Arenas and $1.3 million annually.
To which Arenas responded…
“I don’t pay much attention to it because this is who she is as a person,” he said. “It’s sad that it has to be in the public’s eye. She gets money. I mean when a girl asks for $100,000 a month and you say no, that doesn’t mean you’re cut off. You’re still getting 20. … That’s the thing that bothers me. She tells the world that she’s not getting money. She gets $20,000 a month.”
That’s some bad blood right there. Serving your ex-boyfriend papers during his NBA game is just cold, and really serves nothing but to attract unwanted attention to an already volatile and difficult situation. Then again, if Arenas really did stop paying child support, then he deserves all the bad publicity he can handle.
Either way, I have a strong feeling that this will not end well.
[image via @MikePrada]