Warrant: Retired receiver owes $95K

Updated: May 27, 2004, 3:17 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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