A 12-year veteran with the team, Detroit Lions offensive lineman Dominic Raiola is currently being sued for a lack of child support payments according to a report by Jameson Cook of The Macomb Daily.
The 33-year-old Raiola is said to have stopped his monthly child support payments to a woman with whom he fathered a child back in 2007. The woman, who has full legal and physical custody of the child, claims that Raiola did not pay out his allotted support payment of roughly $15,000 in either November or December.
A married father of three, Raiola agreed in court to pay nearly $200,000 in annual support following the baby's birth in the summer of 2007, but has only recently stopped making payments. Due to the fact that Raiola has previously paid out upwards of $1 million in support over the last five years, the woman's attorney said her client hopes the two sides can come to a resolution soon and avoid a messier situation. Even though it remains entirely possible that this could all be a misunderstanding, this is now yet another unwanted off-the-field distraction for the organization.