Pernell Whitaker Says Evicting 73 Year Old Mother Was “Beautiful”
Former welterweight boxing champ Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker’s latest battle was a court fight to evict his mother from her house and he described his court victory as a “beautiful moment.”
Once a celebrated millionaire boxer and 1985 Olympic gold medalist, Whitaker is now struggling to pay his bills and needed to sell the house which he gave to his mother nearly 30 years ago, according to his lawyer. His fall from grace and solvency involved numerous incidences of drug abuse and a history of arrests and run-ins with police. But Whitaker’s final falling out with his family came to an ugly end in a Virginia court on Wednesday.
The court ruled that Whitaker’s 73-year-old mother, Novella Whitaker, had to vacate the house by March 31.
Whitaker had been going head to head against the matriarch of his seven-child family since last fall when he began eviction proceedings after unsuccessfully trying to convince his mother to move, his lawyer, Bruce Gould told ABC News.
“It’s sad for him to have to take action against his mother, but none of the family would contribute to the real estate and he had no alternative but to use the court process,” Gould said.
But outside the courthouse on Wednesday, Whitaker appeared happy with court ruling to evict his mom. He said to ABC News affiliate WVEC-TV that it was “a beautiful moment.”
“I’m going to survive…I’m a survivor..I’m going with my daughter…she is taking me in,” said Novella Whitaker told WVEC.
“He’ll be a son forever until death do us part, but he is putting a rip through the family,” said Whitaker’s eldest sister, Zelda Brown.
Pernell could have AT LEAST found his mother somewhere to live BEFORE he kicked her out the crib
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