August 27, 2007, - 9:33 am

Forget Vick: Meet a Fabulous New NFL Role Model for Kids

By Debbie Schlussel
He’s only 28 years old. He has a five-year NFL contract worth $25 million, including $12 million in guaranteed bonuses. And yet, he doesn’t have enough money to support his kids. Why?
Well, it might have something to do with the fact that Denver Broncos Running Back Travis Henry fathered at least NINE children with NINE different women. I nominate him for “BabyDaddy of the Year.” Or perhaps, Sperm Donor of the Year.

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Travis Henry: Cast Thy Seed Upon the Waters

Henry has child support orders against him in four different states for at least seven of the kids. And yet, he can’t afford to pay and has no money. Why? Well, when you drop $100,000 on a car and $146,000 on jewelry on a whim, it’s not exactly conducive to saving . . . even when you’re a multi-millionaire.
Henry previously had to borrow $9,800 from the Tennessee Titans to pay one of his child support bills.
But Henry says we are not in a position to judge him. He told The Denver Post:
People can judge me all they want. But only God can judge me. . . . The important thing is I want to take care of my kids really and truly. It’s all good.
Um, not sure about it being “all good” or him wanting to take care of his kids (unless by kids, he means his bling), but he’s definitely right about following G-d’s commandment: Be fruitful and multiply.
More from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Travis Henry just got tackled by a $3,000-a-month child support judgment.
Sure, the Denver Broncos running back has a $25 million contract and a base monthly salary approaching $50,000, but that kind of bill can still crimp your style when you’re accustomed to expensive cars and fancy jewelry – and lots of other child support payments.
Henry, 28, has fathered nine children by nine women in at least four Southern states and has been ordered by various judges to provide child support for seven of them, according to court records involving one child living in DeKalb County.
DeKalb Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger this week ordered Henry to provide $3,000 a month for the Lithonia boy he fathered out of wedlock three years ago with Jameshia Beacham, now 29.
Henry isn’t the most thrifty guy, according to court records, so the judge wants to ensure payment by establishing an unusual $250,000 trust that Henry must fund by next spring.
Seeliger wrote that the football player displayed “bad judgment in his spending habits,” dropping $100,000 for a car and $146,000 for jewelry. Meanwhile, Henry fell behind on support payments for his child with Beacham that were mandated by a previous order. Threatened with jail, he borrowed $9,800 from his former team, the Tennessee Titans, to pay the bill, according to court records.
The trust ensures Beacham will get timely payment if the pro player falls behind on his installments again. Yet the trust could be a sticking point for Henry, who could appeal. . . .
Henry rarely made the payments mandated by an earlier order, though they were $800 less a month. . . . There was testimony establishing that Henry received a $1 million bonus earlier this year but quickly spent most of it, buying, among other things, a Mercedes and gold jewelry. . . .
Records show that Henry’s children are scattered across both the American and National Football Conferences – including Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. . . . Henry talked about gathering them together to watch him at training camp. Indeed, part of the custody arrangement Henry reached with Beacham requires two weekend visits when he is playing pro ball.
Edlin said Henry wants to be a good parent. “I know these are a lot of kids, and there might be some questions about it,” he said, “but he’s a really committed father.”

The National Football League . . . Role Models for America’s Kids. “I Love This Game.

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14 Responses

No stereotype here. Right????

Rich B on August 27, 2007 at 10:33 am

Travis ‘McLovin’ Henry is a great role model for the ‘Superbad’ crowd.

jaillibby2 on August 27, 2007 at 11:12 am

Cats can father several dozen kittens from several different mothers with out cohabiting with their mates to help raise their young.(Or you can use the same analogy with dogs and puppies or which ever pet you have) At least the father cat doesn’t demand child support from the government for his kittens that he is not around with while chasing after other female cats to mate with. Its one thing to be a biological parent of your children. Its another thing to have the setiments of a parent to raise your children. Anyone can knock some one up or impregnate a woman. I find it amusing when men like him ( and single women who neglect and reject their children) call themselves fathers of the children they are never around with. Now they have the audacity to demand for child support for their children they neglected after they left their pregnant girlfriends. This marks the weaknest of men and therefore radical feminists take advantage to attack men for it. I am not a man hater but I do have utter contempt and disrespect for those who succumbed their testosterone to self pleasure gratification,liberalism, “political correctness”, radical feminism/homosexuality etc. Women are just as culpable and selfish but thats a seperate issue for a different blog. When Debbie posts a blog about single selfish sluts who call themselves “moms”, I will comment on that as well just to show how fair and balanced I am and I’m not only chastising pimps. So watch out ho’s!

Jew Chick on August 27, 2007 at 12:08 pm

I just heard the lady reporter on FOX say she had to throw out her kids’ “Michael Vick” jerseys. I’m asking, “Why?” If people think these rooster-athletes are worthy of respect in the first place, why would they then be bothered by more deviant behaviour??
It’s AMAZING how many highly-educated, intelligent people check their brains at the door when it comes to pretending that some in our society are no different than us. It’s mental illness, if you ask me.

steve ventry on August 27, 2007 at 12:11 pm

Travis Henry – He ain’t got nuttin’ on Evander Holyfield or Shawn Kemp. Travis Henry – THE ULTIMATE BASTARD MACHINE!

Yiddish Steel on August 27, 2007 at 12:20 pm

I wonder why there is poverty in the black community.

cankelz on August 27, 2007 at 12:34 pm

More and more people are acting just like animals. Civility is only a memory. This isn’t the first man that moves from woman to woman putting his scent on her. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins a rocker from the ’50s had 75 children. 57 are for sure, but he has said there are 75. Link below to read a little about him. http://archive.salon.com/people/feature/2000/09/07/screamin/index.html
I live near Denver. This is just another good reason not to watch professional sports.
The women who act as though they are in terminal heat do no favors to women in general.

Perry on August 27, 2007 at 1:02 pm

This is also an indictment on our laws. In no way am I defending Henry, or any other man.
I take issue with the system that determines $3,000 per month is what a child needs for financial support. It leads me to believe that the woman wanted to get ‘paid.’ The article was light on the specifics, but a certain amount of culpability on the part of the women needs to be addressed.
How likely would it be for a potential gold digger to lay down with the likes of Henry knowing she would be entitled to child support equal to what the state would pay? If the the state provides a $400 payment to support children, why should an individual be expected to pay more? A child is a child, and one does not cost more to raise and support than another. This is about incentive and disincentive.
The most egregious example of an out of wedlock mother getting ‘paid’ is that of Jack Kent Cooke (age ~70) and his mistress (age ~ 35). She knowingly became pregnant against his desires and summarily sued for child support. To the tune of $26,000 per month. Someone please tell me what child needs $26,000 per month to survive and prosper? The point is not that he could afford it, but is it even necessary? Plenty of single mothers work, and so should these women.
An element of this is about getting paid. As long as there are willing women wanting to do this, there will be children that will suffer.

zyzzyg on August 27, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Obviously Henry wasn’t using any condoms so my next question is… how many STD’s did he aquire and, or, pass on? And this pathetic shit can’t even begin to continue to support these children. Remember, the average career of a NFL player is around five years, so, who is goint to pay for these kids when he’s broke and out of pro football? If he has a twenty-five million dollar contract and has to borrow money what happens in the future when he’s no longer playing? This reminds me of the old Steve Garvey bumper sticker from the early eighties;
“Honk If You’re Not Travis Henry’s Child”.

Rich B on August 27, 2007 at 3:39 pm

No, no, it was a t-shirt:
“Steve Garvey is MY dad!”

LocalLawman on August 27, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Urban Dictionary word of the day:
vasectomy
To cut the tubes from a man’s balls to his penis to prevent sperm from leaving the body.
“Travis needs a vasectomy because he is the village idiot.”

FingerEleven on August 28, 2007 at 12:28 am

nine kids… by not paying he must think my tax dollars should pay for them…
talk about no personal responsibility…
it is all about personal responsibility, this is the result of affirmative action and white greed. we want the stud football player and it is “alright” to pass a student because he is from a minority…
bullshit on both sides. the black ghetto culture is garbage. both blacks and whites need to denounce it and stop accepting it, it is like illegal immigration. we have those who welcome it on both sides for all the wrong reasons.
wrong is wrong.

Ego on August 29, 2007 at 12:29 am

Debbie, you may want to mention the nine WOMEN who had unprotected sex with a man they were not married to AND the latter ones probably had some idea of his past actions.
In addition, you may want to mention that these women probably expected to live off of the child support.
If women act like pigs, the men will – and that will not help our nation.

Hank Dagny on August 29, 2007 at 10:30 am

Black culture here in America follows from African culture, which believes very strongly in spreading the seed. I worked with black men in Africa who had several wives and dozens of kids. It was a sign of carrying a strong blood line and being wealthy. I think the same thing is true, on all income levels (rich black athletes and poor baby dadies from the hood) here in the US. Throw in the natural cultural tendencies with the AFDC Great Society programs of the 1960s, and this explains the cultural savagery that has dogged black America since the 1960s.

JasonBourne81 on August 30, 2007 at 1:56 pm

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