Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Ralph Sampson Digs Himself a Deeper Hole

Former NBA star center Ralph Sampson, who is 7-4, finds himself in a bad position after being charged with perjury and making a false claim related to an affidavit of financial need he filed to obtain appointed counsel in connection with charges of failing to pay child support (see U.S. Attorney's Office press release here).  Sampson, whose professional basketball career ended in 1992 due to injury, was charged in federal court in Virginia with failing to pay almost $250,000 in child support for two of his children who live in Northern Virginia, and he submitted the affidavit to demonstrate his lack of financial resources to hire counsel and requesting a court-appointed attorney.  This was the second time Sampson had been charged with failing to pay child support (see earlier post here), and he agreed to a plea bargain on the latest child support charge that will require him to pay the past-due amount to avoid a 30-month prison term.  The perjury and false claim charges will certainly make the hole he has dug for himself even deeper, if that's possible, and no doubt it will be harder for him to come up with both the back-payments and future child support.  A story on ESPN.Com (here) discusses the case. (ph)

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Why should Mr. Sampson be charged with perjury when so many Custodial Parents are caught in lies while under oath and never prosecuted. I do not understand how you can have justice for some and not for others. Rules are Rules and if they are not enforced equally than the meaning of the Rule is lost.

Posted by: Sam | Sep 7, 2006 2:01:14 PM

i don't understand how he is supposed to raise the money to pay back child support while he is in jail. the current child support will be backed up also by the time he gets out. maybe the system needs to work out another program. putting men/women behind bars for lack of child support is not helping the child any. help me understnad how this helps the children.

Posted by: freckles | May 11, 2007 10:08:25 AM

...Not holding dead beat dads responsible for their contribution to support their kids is a big mistake. The kids are the losers either way and a little jail time might get the fathers attention. You speed you get a ticket whether you have a job or not. If you don't want to go to responsible. No pity for those who shun their responsibility. In the case of Ralpf Sampson, he had and continues to be able to make a financial difference in the support of his kids.. LOCK HIM questions

Posted by: Parrot | Nov 30, 2007 6:05:56 PM

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