Saturday, June 1, 2013
More legal woes for Goodson
By Rich Cimini
UPDATE (6:40 p.m.): The Houston woman, Ashlee Wilson, contacted ESPNNewYork.com four hours after the story was posted, claiming she never gave attorney Glenn Lilly authorization to file the suit. Wilson said she has no plans to sue Goodson for child support, adding: "We don't need a lawyer to settle it." She said she doesn't want to create any additional problems for Goodson with the Jets. Wilson also claimed no one, including Goodson, convinced her to drop the suit. Lilly, reached late Saturday, said he received "oral authorization" from Wilson to file the suit in court.
Embattled Jets running back Mike Goodson has another legal issue to worry about.
Goodson, arrested May 17 in New Jersey on drug and weapons charges, is being slapped with a paternity suit by a Houston woman demanding child support for the four children he allegedly fathered from 2005 to 2011. The suit was filed Thursday in Harris County (Texas) Court.
In the court papers, obtained by ESPNNewYork.com, Ashlee Wilson is suing for retroactive child support, lump sum child support and health insurance.
She filed an action against him in August 2010, suing for support for three children, but the case was never pursued. In an interview last week, Wilson declined to say why she didn't continue. She was living with Goodson's mother at the time. Her Houston-based attorney, Glenn Lilly, indicated last week that she had reconsidered and would file a suit.
Wilson and the four children now live with her parents. Lilly said Goodson still owes him $7,000 in fees from the original case, as ordered by the court.
Goodson's off-the-field issues were detailed last week in a story by ESPNNewYork.com. Three women in a nine-month span filed paternity and child support suits against him. He also was sued by a jewelry store for not paying a $56,000 bill, received at least two eviction notices for unpaid rent and failed to make car payments.
Goodson, who signed a three-year, $6.9 million contract with the Jets in March, is back practicing with the team as he awaits his next court date for the drug and weapons charges. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 12.