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Steve Nash

L.A. Is a TERRIBLE

Place to Raise Kids

5/30/2013 1:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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5:20 PM -- Both sides have rested their case, which is now in the hands of the judge. We're told a ruling could take up to 60 days.

4:30 PM -- Nash
just finished his turn on the stand ... saying his ex-wife has been making it EXTREMELY difficult to see his kids in Phoenix ... so it makes NO SENSE that she wants to move to L.A. so they can see him more often.

Nash said he sees the kids in Arizona at LEAST as much as would in L.A. ... and maintained that her only motivation for moving is so California courts can nail him for child support -- which he says would really only support her lavish taste.

“A major reason we divorced was her incessant spending, social climbing, materialism,” he said.

Nash testified about several occasions when Alejandra made it difficult for him to see 8-year-old twin girls Lola and Bella, and 2-year-old son Matteo Joel … including a Christmas homestand, when Nash wanted his girlfriend to escort the kids on a flight to L.A.

“She had none of that,” Nash said.

Nash said he can totally afford child support ... he just doesn't want it to ruin his kids: “I don’t want my high-privileged lifestyle ... to be an artificial environment.”

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Steve Nash
-- who plays for the LOS ANGELES Lakers -- just trashed L.A. in open court ... claiming the City of Angels is NO PLACE to raise a family.

Nash slammed L.A. on the stand in his legal war with ex-wife Alejandra ... saying point blank, "I don't want my kids to grow up in L.A."

Raising kids in L.A.

  • Good idea
  • Bad idea
Nash said he would consider raising his kids in San Diego ... but only because "it's a different lifestyle."

Of course, Alejandra doesn't believe that -- she thinks Steve's trying to block her from moving the kids to L.A. because the Arizona courts aren't making him pay a penny in child support and he's afraid a California judge would nail him.

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152 COMMENTS

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46.

Italia    

LA is much better than Arizona! Yes, he'd have to pay about $26,000 per child in child support payments here in LA, maybe more, and he'd have to pay for housing, private school, and nannies.

325 days ago
47.

Pablo Escabar    

He should just kill her and be done with it. "Accidents" happen every day

325 days ago
48.

nof    

- Once you've been around enough babes?


...You start to *get* Jason Collins.


It becomes like:


"ANYTHING but one of THEM !!!!!"


I feel for Steve Nash.


Cuz he came to L.A. with a great image -


And he's getting the hell beat out of him -


By someone he GAVE five million dollars to.


Steve said what-about-five-million and she said, "Um, okay..."

325 days ago
49.

lawndale06    

what a jerk!! no wonder hes divorced< money is much more importsnt to him than spending more time with his kids

325 days ago
50.

skit    

For the retards out there. San Diego and LA are BOTH in California. So either way the kids would be under CA law. The whole argument is flawed. If hes ok with San Diego wouldn't that show its not for the money or courts but for the KIDS!!!!!?

325 days ago
51.

DawgNasty    

Everyone who is agreeing with ex wife is a female or gay. how is this right? Why does she feel entitled to how money? All she did was spread her legs and pop out some babies, for which she already got 5 mil.

325 days ago
52.

joethaplumber    

Steve Nash is right. Just look at Magic Johnson's son and Sylvester Stallone's son.

325 days ago
53.

Joey    

F**&king *******! He just insulted about 10 million parents. L.A. is a great place to raise kids, if you're a good parent! My kids are straight A students, multi musicians, appeared in several Shakespeare plays, and spent their childhoods riding horses on ranches and surfing at the beach. S*ck it Nash!

LAKERS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DROP THIS A**HOLE!!!

325 days ago
54.

Toilethead    

No crap? I never would have guessed.

325 days ago
55.

Warren    

Nash said no to LA but, yes to San Diego. Both LA and San Diego are in CA. Why does she want to be in LA and not SD? It can't be for the child support since CA child support laws are the same in both cities. Anyway, how could Nash tell his ex-wife where she can move and not to move?

325 days ago
56.

dtachar    

I think he should worry less about what a bad influence LA is on his kids and just worry about what a bad influence HE is to his kids.

325 days ago
57.

Lucy    

Never have known a father to fight so hard to keep his children from living in the same city. It's disturbing. I realize it's about money, but those are his children.

325 days ago
58.

fj    

LA fans should banish him ... what can of country tell you where you can and can't live......you can't move in a state where the father lives ???? ...... only government could dream up rules like this

325 days ago
59.

LuckeeD    

Soooo...he doesn't want his kids near him, AND he doesn't want to pay child support? What an a*****e!

325 days ago
60.

Joey    

Usually when there's a issue of a divorced spouse moving with minor kids, its because the dad or mom doesn't want to let the other parent move OUT of the state their all residing in, and taking the kids away from the other parent. I've never seen a case before where one parent takes another parent to court to get a court order to keep the other parent & kids from moving to the same state!?!? wtf? How can a court in California tell this woman she doesn't have the right to live here anyway?

325 days ago
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