Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Randy's Love Child

I often wonder how I miss out on these stories until I browse by them on Pro Sports Daily. How could a story about Randy Johnson's love child slip by me? Surely this story has been around for a bit, seeing as it was printed in today's Daily News.

Anyway, here's the story, which tells the tale of a lawsuit filed by Johnson against the ex-girlfriend, citing overpayment of child care.

Court papers reveal that Johnson first agreed in 1997 to pay $5,000 a month in child support for Heather Roszell, plus another $750 in monthly day care expenses.

Laurel Roszell claimed things turned sour last year when she asked the all star to buy Heather a car and foot the bill for community college classes.

He fired back with the legal equivalent of a high and hard fastball - demanding that she return about $71,000 in day care payments, plus $26,000 in interest because the teen was too old to be in day care, legal papers show.

"My daughter is 16 and has not been in day care for at least five years," Johnson said in a legal affidavit dated Feb. 3. "[Roszell] should not receive a windfall for expenses she did not incur."

I don't know how most child care cases work, but $5,750 per month in child care costs seems like a hefty sum. Raising a kid may cost a load, but this agreement amounts to nearly $70,000 per year, which is well more than many people take home from their 50-hour-per-week jobs.

So in that sense, I can see Randy's side. But there's a little socialist bug ticking in the back of my mind that can't understand why Randy's being so damn stingy here. According to Baseball Reference, Randy has accumulated $127,687,500 over his career, with an additional $32 million due from the Yankees. The childcare payments obviously aren't causing a dent in his budget, so why stir the pot?

Maybe it's a personal issue between Johnson and Roszell, but that shouldn't matter. I actually think this speaks to Randy's character, that he'll spend freely (though that's speculative) on the children born by his current wife, but starts nickel and diming when it comes to an illegitimate child. She's your daughter, Randy; do right by her.