Legendary Harlem Globetrotter and Basket Ball of Famer Meadowlark Lemon stiffed his ex-wife and son out of $ 250,000 in child support, a lawsuit alleges.
One of the Harlem Globetrotters’ greats dropped the ball when it came to being a dad, a lawsuit alleges.
The ex-wife and 48-year-old son of Meadowlark Lemon are trying to score $ 250,000 in child support they claim the Hall of Famer was supposed to pay.
The lawsuit — filed in Bridgeport, Conn. and first reported by Connecticut Post — accuses the 83-year-old trick shot artist of leaving his former spouse with crippling debts following their 1977 divorce after 22 years of marriage.
“He left me buried in bills and with little money to support my children,” ex-wife Willie Lemon Campbell told the Connecticut Post. “He has never complied with anything the courts told him to do.”
His former spouse claimed he left her a heavily mortgaged house in the divorce and quit paying his $ 2,500 monthly child support tab after just a year. His son blames their money woes for a lifetime of trouble, including a missed opportunity to earn his high school diploma and an arrest on forgery charges at age 21.
“My mother is bringing this court action for me,” Jonathan Lemon told the Connecticut Post. “I just wonder how much better a life I could have had if my father had paid the money he was ordered by the court.”
Lemon, “The Clown Prince of Basketball” is one of the Globetrotters’ biggest stars. The ball-playing comedian’s half-court hook shots and confetti bucket gag made him a crowd favorite in more than 16,000 games around the world.
He still plays with his own squad, Meadowlark Lemon’s All Stars, and leads a ministry in his adopted hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz.
The motivation behind lawsuit filed by his ex-wife and son, Jonathan Lemon, is a mystery, he said.
“I don’t know what they are doing,” he told the Connecticut Post. “John is 48 years old now. I don’t know if he is running out of money, but if that is the so, he ought to get out and get a job. My former wife was a good wife.”
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