Joe Johnson‘s baby mama is demanding a judge dismiss the former NBA star’s lawsuit to slash his monthly child support checks.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Shannon Becton is denying that Johnson’s monthly income has taken a hit since he left the NBA.
Becton says the child support deal in place – where Johnson pays $6,250 a month in support, plus other bills – should remain as is. She wants Johnson’s lawsuit dismissed and for him to pay her legal bills.
As The Blast first reported, Johnson sued Becton, the mother of his 12-year-old son, in an effort to lower his monthly support checks. He argued he wasn’t pulling in the $2 million a month he used to make while playing in the NBA.
The ex-NBA star explained he has battled his baby mama in court multiple times in the past couple of years. They currently share joint legal custody and worked out a flexible custody schedule due to his then-NBA schedule.
Johnson says at the time, the child support amount was determined because he was pulling in $2 million a month from his NBA career. His baby mama was pulling in $2,000 a month at the time.
Over the years, Johnson’s child support amount has varied depending on different factors. The last court order had Johnson paying Becton $6,250 a month in support, which included her rent and other bills. He covered her moving expenses whenever he got traded to a different team.
He says since the last court order, he has had a “substantial change” in his financial circumstances, saying, “Specifically, Father’s income has significantly decreased.”
Joe Johnson came into the league in 2001 and last played for the Houston Rockets in the 2017-18 season. He pulled in over $214 million over the course of 17 seasons.