A Florida woman claims former New York Knicks center Amar’e Stoudemire is the father of her toddler daughter and is seeking assistance from the courts.
Quynn Lovett, 36, filed a complaint for paternity and child support in Miami, according to court documents seen exclusively by Mail Online.
Per court documents, Lovett claims Stoudemire has not played an active role in their daughter’s life nor has he paid any of her maternity bills. She is asking the courts to declare him as the father and to implement a permanent child support order. She also wants full custody of the young girl.
Stoudemire, 34, admits he could possibly be the father of Lovett’s daughter. Stoudemire, who referred to the lawsuit as “frivolous,” also says he gives Lovett a monthly stipend to cover the financial needs of their daughter.
A native of Massachusetts, Lovett filed a complaint in her home state last year November but it was dismissed in March. She filed again, this time in Miami one month later.
Lovett describes herself as a “stay-at-home mom” and listed her 2016 income as $2,983. Her income changed once Stoudemire began paying her $4,333 per month in temporary child support.
Stoudemire entered the NBA in 2002 and made an estimated $160 million over the span of his 14-year career. He played for the Knicks, Miami Heat, and the Phoenix Suns.
Stoudemire is married to Alexis Welch and the couple shares four children. He was formerly linked to singer Ciara.
In a 2013 interview with Essence, Stoudemire spoke lovingly of Welch.
“Alexis is very charismatic,” he told the publication. “She’s a passionate mother, and she’s very supportive and encouraging, but I probably love Alexis’ heart the most.
“She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. She always has something positive to say about everyone that she meets and that rubs off from a spiritual standpoint. You want that type of atmosphere around you, you want that same type of character around your children. And so that’s what makes her very special to me.”
Stoudemire currently plays overseas in Israel.
“This is a very, very emotional decision for me because, at this moment, I have to uproot my family who have been stable in the U.S. to move to a different country,” he said at the time of his signing in 2016.