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Former Saints WR Robert Meachem In Jail Over Nearly $400,000 In Unpaid Child Support
Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem received a 30-day jail sentence on Monday after he was picked up by police because he failed to pay nearly $400,000 in child support and alimony owed to his ex-wife.
To get out of jail, Meachem has to pay at least $100,000 to Andrea Rhodes, the mother of his two children. Otherwise, he will remain behind bars until March 15th.
“According to a ruling from Judge Adrian Adams of Jefferson Parish’s 24th Judicial District Court, Adams turned down a request by Meachem for a new trial. The judge also fined Meachem $500 for showing up at a deposition last year without bringing an assistant who was supposed to testify about certain financial information.
The legal saga dates back to 2014, when Rhodes and Meachem separated after nearly six years of marriage. They finalized a divorce in 24th Judicial District Court in 2015, agreeing to share custody of the children.
A domestic court hearing officer in November calculated that Meachem owed $588,000 to Rhodes in alimony and child support, of which he had paid only about $200,000. The officer suggested that Adams find Meachem to be in contempt of court.
Adams endorsed the hearing officer’s suggestion on Jan. 6 and gave Meachem until Jan. 20 to pull himself out of contempt by paying the $388,019 he still owed.
Meachem missed the deadline. Three days later, Rhodes’ attorneys moved for her ex-husband to “be immediately imprisoned until support payments are made,” as called for by Louisiana law.”
Meachem was a first round pick by the Saints in 2007 and also won a Super Bowl with the team. He spent four years with the team before he left to sign a long-term $25.5 million deal with the Chargers in 2012. He lasted one season before heading back to New Orleans for 2 more years.