BleacherReport- The mother of Devon Still's cancer-stricken daughter has hired high-powered attorney Gloria Allred in an attempt to recoup allegedly missed child support payments from the Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle.
According to Michael O'Keeffe of the New York Daily News, Channing Smythe claims Still has not paid support in four months. Smythe, who is no longer with Still, said the ordeal has her on the brink of homelessness.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. This is an unprecedented level of spite. A level spite so deep seeded that it no knows no bounds. To put it simply,"sighhh, bitches". Does anyone really believe that Devon Still isn't paying up? This is the same guy that chose to leave training camp, as a rookie, to be closer to his daughter. A guy that was granted a practice squad contract mostly based off the Cincinnati Bengals desire to help him out with hospital bills. Sure, once placed on the practice squad he showed enough talent to stay there and even make appearances on the active roster. However, much of the reason he has a job that pays hundreds of thousands of dollars is a year is because of his daughter's health struggles. It's been very clear that her well being is priority number one.
You can totally see this proclamation coming from a place of jealousy. No one wants their ex to do better than them. Devon Still and his daughter have been all over every television in the country weekly for the entire season. Don't get me wrong, it is for all the right reasons, but they have been getting a lot of exposure. Still has basically been branded the father of year to this point, and his love for his daughter is undeniable. With that said, from a female point of view, I would imagine it's difficult for Leah's mother to gain no notoriety while the rest of her family is embraced by the entire country. That's literally all this is. A beg for attention that is disguised as an allegation. Chances are Still was like 3 hours late on his payment, and instead of reaching out to him like a rational human being, she reached out to the nearest media outlet. If you give a woman nothing to work with, she will conjure up some kind of issue. She was on pins and needles waiting for the first opportunity to paint him in a negative light. Devon's popularity has breaded a level of resentment that has overcome her.
This begs the question, how awful of a person do you have to be to attempt to drag your daughter's father's name through the mud during a time of crisis for your family? Say Still was having issues with child support, which I am inclined to believe he is not. Wouldn't it be better to handle that issue separately instead of putting a negative spin on Leah's circumstances? Your family has been everything that is great about sports for the entire first half of the season, and now you're going to turn them into a stereotype? How self centered must one be to make media attention a priority during a time like this?
High road, FTW...