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Ex-NFL Star Jamal Lewis

I'll Take Care of My Kid

... If He's Mine

9/1/2012 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0831-jamal-lewis-tmzFormer NFL star Jamal Lewis is willing to accept responsibility for a child he's accused of abandoning -- and pony up support as well -- he just wants to make sure the kid is really his.

The child's mother -- Juanitta Johnson -- filed a paternity action against Lewis back in July, claiming the ex-NFL player knocked her up in 2005 ... and has failed to a penny in support the child.

Lewis was arrested in Georgia on August 1 for failing to pay child support and charged with misdemeanor child abandonment -- an arrest Lewis calls "a misunderstanding."

Now, Lewis is going to court in Fulton County -- claiming he doesn't want to pay child support until he knows 100% the kid is his ... with the help of a DNA test.

If paternity is established, Lewis says he'd be happy to pony up. He says he'll also want visitation rights.

The child's mother is asking for $5,236/month in support ... which could prove difficult, given that Lewis filed for bankruptcy back in May.

Sources close to Lewis tell TMZ that his relationship with Johnson has deteriorated to the point that they only communicate through legal counsel. We're told Jamal has provided for his son in the past, but he simply can't continue to afford the child support payments he making before since he is no longer playing in the NFL and is going through bankruptcy.

A judge has yet to rule.

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14 COMMENTS

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1.

Anonymous    

"Your honor, she can have everything I have: Two dimes, a nickle, some pennies, some bellybutton lint, and a nasty lifesaver from my pocket."
This is one (potential) baby mama with horrible timing. She should have gotten him back when he still played.

727 days ago
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terry j vey    

Why does she wait 7 years to say anything?

727 days ago
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DopeLikeCoke    

Filthy harlot. You want 62k a year so your lazy ass doesn't have to work?! Get a job. It's called child support, not give me money so I can watch Maury all day.

727 days ago
4.

KicksandGiggles    

If you don't want to pay up, then muzzle up. Stupid azz people. No excuse.

727 days ago
5.

verlinda    

It probably took her 7 years to run down a list of all the men she slept with

727 days ago
6.

john wayne gacy    

a ball player with multiple kids and not
knowing if indeed it is his ? how shocking ......

727 days ago
7.

Phishie from Philly    

I seen this one on Maury. You arrrrrrrrreeeeee NOT THE FATHER.
..
Phishie from Philly

727 days ago
8.

GothamGirl    

Anonymous-
Too funny!

727 days ago
9.

yessir    

Why do all these NFL players go bankrupt?

726 days ago
10.

Joe    

I'll Take Care of My Kid ... If He's Mine

I think every black guy has said those words at one point in their life.

726 days ago
11.

DaveT    

Good thing we live in times where DNA testing can prove if the kid is his.
Used to be a woman could just claim a man was the father and he'd be forced to pay child support for 18 years.
In Australia they passed a law that makes women pay back child support if they're caught lying.
One was a huge victory...
..."Ken Rodgers obtained orders for the repayment of $60...,000 after making child-support contributions for a decade to a woman who refused to send him even a photograph of his alleged child"...
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726 days ago
12.

KnuckleDragger    

"The child's mother -- Juanitta Johnson -- filed a paternity action against Lewis back in July, claiming the ex-NFL player knocked her up in 2005 ... and has failed to a penny in support the child.


Okay, I've read that a few times and can't understand what the f*ck that means. You guys having these articles spell-checked through some Chinese spell-checker/grammar correction program? Almost sounds Yodaish... "...and has failed to a penny in support of the child, he has!"

726 days ago
13.

laffnbear    

What kind of people have such poor relationships that there is any question about who the parents are?
Sounds like indiscriminate debauchery to me,

726 days ago

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