PONTIAC, Mich. - Former University of Michigan basketball star Jimmy King broke his silence Tuesday about the charge he's facing over past due child support.
King, a former member of Michigan's "Fab 5," spoke with Local 4 at a court hearing in the case. The 38-year-old father of three said he takes his family responsibilities very seriously.
"I don't consider it a bill, it's the support of my child," he said.
King was arrested Aug. 10 on accusations he failed to pay $17,000 in child support for a 17-year-old son and was ignoring attempts by the Michigan Attorney General's Office to contact him about it since 2008.
"Only thing I want to make clear is that we are working with the Attorney General's Office. We are going to do everything in our power to make sure this is taken care of. I'm just going to continue doing what I'm doing to support my family," King said.
King's attorney, Andrew Abood, said King has already paid $60,000 in support of his son.
"He'll continue to support his children like he always has," Abood said.
A judge postponed King's preliminary exam to give his counsel more time to build their defense. King was allowed to apply his $3,800 bail to his outstanding bill.
"Certainly there is more attention to this case because of who he is," Abood said. "With great reward comes great responsibility. Mr. King understands that. He would prefer not getting this attention, but at the end of the day, results will be the same. He'll pay every penny he is supposed to."
King said he will handle his responsibility and said he hopes to continue to be a role model.
"I'll definitely be able to address this further after this is said and done," he said.
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