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Warrant: Retired receiver owes $95K

5/27/2004

LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan attorney general issued an
arrest warrant Thursday for former NFL receiver Andre Rison for
failing to pay nearly $95,000 in child support.

Attorney General Mike Cox also has asked the FBI to issue a
fugitive flight warrant because he suspects Rison is living in
Georgia but isn't certain, Cox spokesman Stu Sandler said.

Rison owes the child support to a 17-year-old son who lives in
Southfield, Sandler said. Rison has paid child support every year
but hasn't paid enough, Sandler said.

Charles Tucker, Rison's agent, thinks a mistake was made because
Rison reached an agreement to pay off the overdue child support.

"Some time ago -- a month -- he went to court and they worked out
how he would catch up," Tucker said. "He's been following that
agreement. ... There's nothing that he's done wrong."

The Genesee County Friend of the Court referred Rison's case to
the attorney general's office in February. After an investigation,
Cox filed two felony charges against Rison earlier this month for
failing to pay child support and for being a habitual offender.

Rison could face up to six years in prison if convicted of both
counts.

The Flint native played football at Michigan State before
joining the Indianapolis Colts in 1989. Rison has 743 catches for
10,205 yards and 84 touchdowns in 12 seasons with seven teams. The
five-time Pro Bowl selection had 41 catches for 606 yards and six
TDs for the Raiders in 2000.

This isn't the first time Rison has been in trouble for failing
to pay child support.

In January 2003, Rison was arraigned after turning himself in on
a felony warrant of failure to pay child support. At that time,
authorities said he owed more than $68,000.