Kudos to Michael Grange for taking the NEXT STEP

After Dave Feschuk broke this story yesterday …

Bosh a deadbeat dad, lawsuit says

which is no mean feat in today’s dog-eat-dog world of conventional and unconventional media,

Michael Grange has now moved it along further …

Bosh made first move in court, lawyer says
Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh began legal proceedings in October to support his then-unborn daughter, according to a Dallas lawyer.

On Oct. 3, 2008, six weeks after he split with the baby’s mother, Allison Mathis, Bosh filed a petition in a Dallas court to begin arranging custody and financial support of the child. In the event Bosh and Mathis could not come to a written agreement, the petition asked the court “to make orders for support of the child” and “provide for appropriate access to the child for both parties.”

When subsequent testing confirmed his paternity, Bosh filed an amendment to his original petition on Jan. 30, again requesting an order to cover off care, custody and support for their daughter in the absence of a mutual agreement.

By then, Trinity Myers Bosh had been born.

According to Bosh’s lawyer, Larry Hance, the filings demonstrate the four-time NBA all-star had no intention of acting like a deadbeat dad, as he’s been portrayed by various media outlets since a Toronto newspaper first reported Tuesday that Mathis had filed suit against him in a Maryland court.

Rather, he has attempted to establish his parental rights and responsibilities, not run from them.

“The dispute is about what amount of money should that support be,” Hance said. “Should it be some amount that meets the needs of the child or should it be something more?

“I can say, from his position, he has been willing to pay a reasonable and generous amount to more than cover the needs of the child.”

“I just wanted to get everything sorted out, that’s all I can say,” Bosh said last night after the Raptors’ 115-106 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. “I took the initiative because I know how things are. I didn’t want any complications.”

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In the eyes of this corner, each remains a respected writer who just happens to cover the daily goings-on associated with the Toronto Raptors, while sharing his unique perspective with the readers of his column and/or blog.

From this vantage point, it’s important to acknowledge that there is more than one way to consume a specific meal and any number of different ways in which said meal can be prepared, in the first place.

What’s most important, perhaps, is that … at the end of the day … we’ve consumed a healthy balance of each of the different “food groups”, provided ourselves with the “nourishment” we need to see our way clear to another day, in this topsy-turvy world we all live in for a too short span of time, and learned the lessons of how exactly to … Live and Let Die.  

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4 Responses to “Kudos to Michael Grange for taking the NEXT STEP”

  1. Qiana M Says:

    Thank you for your comment on my article Chris Bosh Deadbeat Dilemna and for the link to your article. When writing my article initially I had issues with how I wanted to present the material. Did I want to present it “as is” which would read as a copy and paste newsstory that only showed Chris Bosh as a heartless deadbeat turning his back on his daughter and the mother of his child or did I want to take the unbiased approach that showed how his actions could be potentially detrimental if he choose to make the mistakes many couples with children make when the relationship goes sour and they break up? I chose the unbiased approach as I usually do. Although I am the by-product of a single parent home, I have no bias against Chris Bosh. Its not my mission to bash him. As I stated at the end of my post, it’s about that child. She is the most important thing in this case, not her mom’s broken heart, not Chris Bosh’s public persona and reputation.

    If he did take action to care for his child that is great. That is his responsibility as a father bringing a child into this world. While the media should report this aspect of the case just as freely as the negative aspect it should be with the intention to show that the child will be cared for. Just like I don’t feed into the whole bash the Octomom syndrome I will give the same respect to Bosh.

  2. khandor Says:

    Qiana,

    Thank you, in return. :-)

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  4. Raps Fan Says:

    khan, i tried emailing you, but it kept bouncing back. thought you might enjoy this talk if you haven’t already seen it:

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