Raider RB Darren McFadden has reached a custody and child support deal with the mother of his 16-month-old-child that has him paying $8000 a month.
The child’s mother, Kerri Lynette Williams, will also receive a $10,000 lump-sum payment as compensation for McFadden’s signing bonus he received from the Raiders last year.
On July 1, the parties reached an out-of-court agreement which also speculates that DMac will establish a $50,000 formal education fund for the child, whose name is Diesel Graylon McFadden.
DMac, who lives in Little Rock during the off-season will get standard visitation rights, and both parties agreed to allow more time for McFadden to spend with the child when he is not with the team, said McFadden’s attorney, Frank Shaw. William’s attorney, Kevin Hickey said that the deal is fair to both sides and is also good for the child.
DMac has never denied that the child was his, and has been voluntarily paying Williams support since the child’s birth. He has also supplied Williams with a vehicle and has been seeing the child regularly, said Shaw.
He went on to say that “This is a nice lady, and they have a beautiful child together that they both love and care for.” Out of respect for the mother, McFadden ignored legal advice and did not seek a paternity test because he knew that the child was his, Shaw went on to explain.
DMac did face another paternity suit last year, but two paternity test proved that he was not the father in that case. McFadden insisted on the tests because he knew that he was not the father of that child.
McFadden is coming off his rookie season with the Raiders in which he rushed for 499 yards on 113 attempts and scored 4 touchdowns. He also caught 29 passes for 285 yards.
During his time as a Razorback for Arkansas, McFadden rushed for 4,590 yards on 785 attempts and scored 44 touchdowns, and caught 46 passes for 365 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also threw for 7 touchdowns and returned a kick-off for a score during his career at Arkansas. He was also a two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up and two time winner of the Doak Walker Award, which recognizes the nations premier college running back.