Fab Five player facing child support charges

Jimmy King, one of the original members of college basketball’s “fab five,” appeared in court earlier this month on charges of failure to pay child support. King was one of five star basketball players recruited by the University of Michigan back in 1991, a recruiting class that is often cited as one of the greatest in college basketball history.

King allegedly owes more than $17,000 in missed child-support payments. However, court records also indicate that he has paid more than $60,000 in child support over the years for his now 17-year-old son.

King appeared before the 50th District Court in Pontiac, Michigan. Here, he waived his preliminary exam in district court, meaning that the case will now be advanced for trial before the Oakland County Circuit Court. In the meantime, King is subject to a $3,500 bond, which will remain as the trial moves forward.

King’s attorney spoke with reporters after the hearing stating that “There are some family issues that need to be resolved.”

He also indicated that King’s son is “well taken care of,” and that he wishes to move to Michigan from Kansas for the purpose of residing with his father.

Although King was drafted into the NBA, he played only two lackluster seasons.

He is currently listed as the president of J King Solar Technologies. However, like many Americans, he has struggled during the economic downturn and was forced to look for a supplementary income. To that end, he recently obtained a new position with the non-profit group H.Y.P.E., which works with at-risk children.

The failure to pay child support, even in difficult economic times, can result in very serious charges. To illustrate, King is facing a possible felony conviction and four-year sentence.

If you are having problems making or collecting your child-support payments, consider talking to an experienced child-support attorney. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away, but addressing it promptly with the help of an attorney can help both parents and, most importantly, the child.

Stay tuned for more from our Ft. Worth family law blog …

To learn more about child support arrears or post-divorce issues, contact an experienced and skilled legal professional.

This post is for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


The Detroit Free Press, “Former Fab Five player Jimmy King waives preliminary exam in child-support case” Oct. 13, 2011