DECATUR, Ga. -- Former Pro Bowl receiver Andre Rison was
released from jail Monday after paying $10,000 in child support.
Rison spent almost a month in jail for failing to pay child
support for more than two years. He owed $127,000 to a woman with
whom he has two sons.
Rison requested his release Monday, saying he had an opportunity
to play for an Arena Football League team. The Grand Rapids Rampage
said Rison was invited to try out.
The 37-year-old player was sentenced to jail on Dec. 8. Raycoa
Handley, the mother of his 18-year-old and 16-year-old sons,
contended he hadn't paid his $3,500-a-month child support since
Judge Cynthia Becker said Rison could leave jail if he made the
$10,000 payment. The judge also stipulated that if Rison received a
signing bonus from his new team, half would go to Handley, said
Randall Kessler, Handley's attorney.
Kessler said attorneys were working on reducing the monthly
obligation to $1,000, but added that Rison had made no effort to
"Andre loves his boys, he's always cared for them and he wants
nothing more than to get back on the right track, get them back in
his life and pay them everything that he owes," said Rison's
attorney, Max Richardson Jr.
Rison, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, spent 12 seasons in the
NFL with Indianapolis, Atlanta, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Green Bay,
Kansas City and Oakland.
He last played in the NFL in 2000 with Oakland. He was suspended
for four games in 2001 for a repeat violation of the league's
substance abuse policy and was out of football until August, when
he joined the Toronto Argonauts and played five games with the CFL