Another week, another athlete facing some baby mama drama. The only difference this week is that it’s a former NBA athlete instead of an active one.
Amar’e Stoudemire, a former 6-time NBA All-Star who has been married since 2012, is being sued by Quynn Lovett, a Miami woman who claims he fathered a child with her in 2016.
According to Daily Mail, Quynn Lovett, 36, is asking a Florida judge to officially declare Stoudemire the biological father of her daughter Zoe Renee. Furthermore, Lovett requests permanent child support in addition to full custody of Zoe.
via Daily Mail:
Stoudemire has admitted in his response to the complaint that he knows about Zoe and the possibility he is the father. A native of Massachusetts, Lovett claims in her complaint Stoudemire has not been involved with the child, has not visited and hasn’t paid any of her maternity bills, which she estimated to be around $11,000.
Stoudemire, 34, claims in court papers he has been giving the little girl’s mother a monthly stipend for the child and paid her legal bills. Calling her lawsuit ‘frivolous,’ the 6-foot-10 Florida native countered that he was ‘informed of his paternity several months after the child was born’ and has been paying Lovett ‘various amounts,’ including $22,500 in legal bills.
Stoudemire claims he established regular child support payments on Nov. 1, 2016 although the amount wasn’t revealed in the court papers. The file bears no details about Stoudemire’s relationship with Lovett.
Stoudemire, who currently plays for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Premier League, spent 14 years in the NBA, playing with the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, and the Miami Heat.
Amar’e and his wife Alexis Welch began dating in 2002 and got married in 2012. They currently have four children together.