People who use their children as revenge pawns are fawkin’ pathetic
Ron Artest Refusing To Pay His Son’s Private School Tuition
Ron Artest’s Baby Mama Says He Refuses To Pay Son’s Private School Tuition
Former Knick Ron Artest’s baby mama is calling foul, charging the baller with being a deadbeat dad.
The NBA star, now named Metta World Peace, is refusing to pay his son’s Brooklyn private-school tuition, according to a new lawsuit by the boy’s mother.
Jeron Artest, 13, won a coveted spot at the prestigious Poly Prep Country Day School for the 2014-15 school year, but World Peace reneged on a promise to pay the $38,355 tuition, according to mom Jennifer Palma’s suit in Manhattan Family Court.
World Peace “dangles our son’s high-school education in front of me and uses his money to control and manipulate me to the detriment of our son,” gripes the baby mama in court papers. She says Jeron, an honors student who shares his dad’s athletic talents, would be “devastated” if he couldn’t enroll at Poly Prep.
Her attorney, Michael Stutman, head of family law at Mishcon de Reya, says World Peace, 34, made $9 million last year. The Knicks bought out his $3.2 million contract in February.
“He can certainly afford to send our son to private school,” Palma, 34, says in the suit, filed April 8.
Palma, who met the 6-foot-7, Queens-born hoopster while they were both at St. John’s, wants the former NBA star to put $140,000 into an escrow account for four years at Poly and another $250,000 for a private college, according to court papers.
The parents, who have joint legal custody of Jeron, are due in court next month.
If he wants to isht on his baby mama, cool, but don’t punish the boy, especially not when it comes to school.