Channing Smythe, the mother and ex-girlfriend of the NFL star, told the New York Daily News that she doesn’t consider Still a deadbeat dad and knows, “he loves and cares for his daughter and he is there for her,” but he needs to help her financially.
Leah, diagnosed with neuroblastoma and fighting Stage 4 pediatric cancer, has been living with Smythe in Delaware who claims to have been on the brink of homelessness and the recipient of food stamps for three months. The mother also spoke to TMZ Sports and said the two had worked out an unofficial financial arrangement that fell out this past summer when she refused to move Leah to Cincinnati to be closer to her father. Devon Still is reported to make an estimated $570,000 this season for playing with the Bengals.
His team, especially coach Marvin Lewis, have been supportive of the player’s daughter, raising close to $1.3 million earlier this year as part of a donation tied to sales of Still’s jersey. At a weekly press conference, the coach said he was, “confident that he’s [Devon] taking care of business the right way and eventually, at some point, if there’s things that need to be done through the legality through the courts, that all would come out that way.”
Despite Smythe’s demand for more money, Still continues to visit his daughter weekly and pays for her medical bills. He shared a quote on Twitter on integrity last Tuesday (Nov 26) and issued a statement saying, “I am not going to retaliate against the mother of my daughter … I am going to continue to allow the court system to handle this matter, as it has been doing these past couple of months.”
“Truth allows you to live with integrity. Everything you do and say shows the world who you really are.” Need I say more?
— Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) November 26, 2014
Vixens, is Smythe justified in wanting more money from her ex?