While the Chicago Bears continue to have numerous issues on the field, one of their better defensive players is now having issues off of it. Today’s Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Linebacker Lance Briggs is being sued by the mother of Briggs’ newborn. The suit was filed yesterday in Cook County Circuit Court, and is trying to make sure that Briggs pays “appropriate” child support, all medical bills and to establish a college savings fund for their daughter, who is just three weeks old.
The suit also is looking to set up a visitation schedule so that Briggs can see the child. Brittini Tribbett, a 21-year-old college student from Chicago, is the mother of the child. Briggs, who is 26, and has been in the league for five seasons, was the Bears third-round draft pick in 2003. He did not play in last weeks 37-27 loss to the Lions at Ford Field due to a hamstring injury. In 2007 he has 22 total tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. He made headlines this offseason when he stated he would not play another down for the Bears, but then reported to the team late after signing a one-year deal worth a reported $7.2 million.
The attorney for Tribbett, Enrico Mirabelli, said since Briggs and his client are not married they have “to formalize the obligation of support and right of visitation. Lance has been exemplary both as a parent and as a provider thus far. There’s no animosity here, but legal necessities are not always niceties.”