Tristan Thompson has reportedly settled his paternity lawsuit with Maralee Nichols, with whom he shares 12-month-old son Theo. The current free agent reportedly has been ordered to pay $9,500 a month in child support.
The former Boston Celtics forward also covered some of Nichols’ legal fees. Nichols reportedly still has sole custody of the child. However, the outlet says the two of them will work out a visitation schedule at a later date.
News broke last year that Nichols was suing Thompson for child support after she claimed she and the athlete had an affair in March 2021. When news of the paternity suit broke, Thompson was allegedly back in a relationship with Khloe Kardashian.
TMZ adds that the agreement is to be filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court and the amount is because Thompson isn’t currently on a team and therefore not earning income.
His amount seems like a lot, but it is much smaller than the whopping $47,000 a month in support Nichols allegedly requested. At this point, he probably did not look for an NBA job just so his payments would be lower.
Last year, he reportedly sent Nichols a text urging her to take $75K because she’d get far less under Texas law.
“You know how I feel. My feelings haven’t changed at all. Wont be involved at all. Btw if you think having this baby is gonna make you some money. It’s completely wrong,” the message read.
Thompson allegedly went on to claim that he intends to hang up his NBA sneakers in 2022.
“You are aware that I’m retiring after this season,” the text continued. “So in terms of support it will be whatever is required monthly for someone who’s unemployed. It’s texas so it will be only a couple hundred dollars. So you better off taking this 75k I’m offering cause you won’t get nothing near that with having a kid with a father who’s unemployed.”
It looks like he stuck to his word. We shall see if he decides to resume his NBA career.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.