Being a pro athlete with a million-dollar salary is something people dream of. It seems like a good lifestyle to have, but it has drawbacks, too. Being a wealthy athlete can cause issues, especially with a divorce or birth of a child. The more you make, the more you might pay in alimony or child support. Blake Griffin has learned that the hard way. But is it true that he has to pay almost $300,000 in child support monthly?
Does Blake Griffin pay more than $250,000 in child support?
NBA all-star Blake Griffin has two children with his former fiancee, Brynn Cameron. According to the Detroit Free Press, a celebrity blog claimed to obtain court documents from Griffin’s paternity trial. These documents outline his financial obligation for child support as being $258,000 per month.
This would be a massive payout — nearly $3.1 million for the year — even for someone like Griffin, whose annual income clocks in at $35 million, according to the documents. Griffin says he is paying for a five-bedroom home in Manhattan Beach, Calif., for Cameron and the children.
The former couple disputes the amount
Griffin and Cameron refuted the media reports that Griffin was ordered to pay more than a quarter-million each month for child support. The former couple issued a joint statement to clear the air and bring out what they say is the truth, although they failed to disclose Griffin’s payment amounts. In the statement, Griffin and Cameron said that the financial details of their child support agreement, as reported in the media are “inaccurate.”
Their statement said they “have settled amicably and are moving forward with co-parenting their two children.” As you would expect from a statement of this type being released by celebrities, they just made that statement without going into any private information, continuing the statement by referencing the “confidential nature” of their settlement agreement and confirming that “no further details will be released.”
That last line opens the door for the media and public to speculate about how much Griffin pays Cameron. Even if it’s not $258,000, which seems like a high number, Griffin likely isn’t getting away with small payments given what he makes in the NBA and with his endorsements, and especially since he’s paying for Cameron to live in a five-bedroom house in Southern California, where property values are high.
Griffin’s performance on the court
Griffin is more at home on the basketball court than he is in a courtroom. But he didn’t get much playing time with the Pistons this season. A knee injury limited him to 18 games in 2019-20 — all before the season was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic — and puts his availability for the start of next season into question.
When he did play this season, Griffin wasn’t putting up the types of numbers people expect. He averaged 15.5 points per game while shooting just 35.2% from the field in 28.4 minutes per game — all career lows. His 4.7 rebounds per game were almost three fewer than the previous season. And Griffin was averaging 3.3 assists per game when he got injured.
At 31 years old and coming off an injury like this, Griffin’s best days may be behind him as he in on the backside of his NBA career. The Pistons still have him under contract for the next two seasons, with a commitment of about $75 million over that time, before he becomes a free agent in the offseason of 2022, So even if his performance doesn’t recover, he’ll still be playing for at least a couple more seasons.