Former Kentucky Wildcats center Nerlens Noel is in a bit of a legal quandary involving paying child support for a child that may or may not be his. According to a TMZ report, Noel was apparently paying child support to a woman who said she had Noel’s child, but it may have actually not been his.
Here’s the report from TMZ:
It’s a nasty fight between Nerlens and a woman named Jamie — who claims the 20-year-old signed an affidavit in May 2013 (one week after the child was born) admitting he is the father. She claims the two remained close after the pregnancy.
In legal docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, Jamie claims Nerlens agreed to pay $10k per month in child support — and did for 3 months — but suddenly cut her off and hasn’t paid a dime since.
Jamie filed a lawsuit against Nerlens hoping the judge would force him to pay up — but he fired back with legal docs of his own claiming he’s not convinced he’s the real father.
In fact, in Noel’s legal docs he writes, “[He] does not have sufficient knowledge of information to know whether [Jamie] engaged in sexual relations with other men during the times pertinent to this case.”
Hopefully for Noel, he gets this resolved soon and settles this with the mother of the child that may or may not be his.
Noel’s lone season at UK saw him average 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game prior to his season-ending ACL tear in a road game at Florida. He’ll be making his NBA debut in the Orlando Summer League this year.
Hopefully by then, Noel will have this settled, but these kind of court battles can last awhile. Because he missed his entire rookie season rehabbing from the torn ACL, he now will make his pro debut this summer with the 76ers.