Before Thursday night's game against the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas was all smiles, posing and laughing with his teammates as they mocked Heat forward LeBron James's famouse "team photo" ritual. Surely, he wasn't in such a good mood at halftime.
The Associated Press reports that Arenas was served child support papers by his ex-girlfriend, Laura Govan, during halftime of Thursday night's nationally-televised game.
A process server stopped Arenas as he walked off the court Thursday night against the Miami Heat. The court documents, obtained by The Associated Press, were a California petition filed by Laura Mendoza Govan. She identifies herself as his ex-girlfriend in the documents.
The petition seeks custody and child support for three children that Govan says Arenas fathered and has since "financially cut off." She is also seeking support for another unborn child.Magic GM Otis Smith, who is Arenas' mentor and traded for him in December, confirmed the report to the Orlando Sentinel on Friday night.
Earlier this week, the Washington Post noted that Arenas discussed the trouble with Govan on a 106.7 FM radio show.
People facing expensive court battles usually keep quiet, but the former Wizard was awfully chatty in his call into our colleague Mike Wise's 106.7 FM radio show. It's all lies, Arenas claimed -- except the bit about what Govan said he spends on his legendary shark tank. Yes, it's really five grand a month: "I'd rather spend $5,000 on my fish than have a drinking problem." The sharks, he claimed, have died, because of "somebody throwing pennies in the fish tank." No names.
Otherwise, he accused Govan of overhyping his finances. "If you look back at the last couple breakups of any NBA athlete... it's a format they all go by to get more child support money... This is not 'Basketball Wives.'... These girls got to stop living a fantasy world." As for him: "You make bad choices as an adult, and we pick the wrong woman sometime." Ouch. Govan did not reply by press time.Govan clearly didn't reply by press time because she was too busy planning an official reply at halftime.
What a mess.