clearn.png
Sunday September 20th, 2020 6:07AM

Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations 'unfounded'

By The Associated Press

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage.

The former New York Yankees' closer on Tuesday called the demands filed against him in the Central American country "unfounded."

"I have always acted ... as a good family father," the 49-year-old told local media.

Rivera's comments came as he is being asked to appear before Panamanian judicial authorities to answer accusations that he has failed to fulfill his obligations to support the boy and girl, ages 11 and 15.

"He came to clean up his image before the media, instead of notifying authorities and facing the process" against him, said Yovany Wyznick Ortega, a lawyer for the children's mother.

Speaking to The Associated Press, Ortega alleged that Rivera and the children had "always shared" but that the former player stopped seeing them and "abandoned" them two years ago.

"He stopped paying for things for his children and put them in an economically critical situation," she said.

The lawyer said Rivera faces five suits filed several months ago. She said that if he does not appear before judicial authorities, she will ask that he be prevented from leaving the country.

Little was known of the accusations against him until Feb. 11, when reports that a hearing called by Rivera's attorneys did not take place began appearing in local media.

Rivera lives in New York but was back in Panama on Tuesday. He gave an unexpected radio interview, then appeared before local media with his lawyers and offered a brief written statement.

"It is true that I face demands in the courts, all without foundation, which are affecting my children whom I love with all my heart," the statement said.

Rivera is married and has three children from the marriage.

In late January, Panamanians celebrated when Rivera became baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection and only the second Panamanian selected to the hall. The other is Rod Carew.

Rivera is baseball's career saves leader with 652 in regular season play, and he had 42 more in postseason games.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB

and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Baseball , AP Entertainment, APOnline Celebrity News, AP Sports - Major League Baseball
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Virginia district split over ending transgender bathroom ban
A Virginia school district that has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban appeared starkly divided at a public forum over the prospect of ending the policy
10:45PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Hiker stuck in quicksand at Utah park feared he would die
An Arizona man whose leg was buried up to his knee in quicksand for several hours in Zion National Park in Utah over the weekend says he thought would lose his leg and might die
10:44PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general
Trump picks Jeffrey Rosen to be next deputy attorney general
10:25PM ( 41 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train
The Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million in U.S. money for California's beleaguered high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion it's already spent
8:31PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP source: Machado, Padres agree to $300M, 10-year deal
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that All-Star infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent
8:18PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Sanders' 2020 campaign raises $4M in half a day
Bernie Sanders' campaign says he has raised more than $4 million in the 12 hours since announcing his 2020 presidential campaign
8:11PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe has died at 92
Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died
3:24PM ( 7 hours ago )
Moustakas, Brewers finalize $10M deal
Mike Moustakas and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $10 million, one-year contract that keeps the third baseman in Milwaukee
1:56PM ( 9 hours ago )
Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costs
Players' union head Tony Clark criticized baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred for blaming players' demands for the slow free agent market and said an increasing number of teams make little effort to justify the price of a ticket
10:30PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Baseball
A look at rival Branson vs Maduro concerts for Venezuela
A look at the rival concerts planned by billionaire Richard Branson and Nicolas Maduro's government on both sides of Venezuela's border with Colombia
8:49PM ( 2 hours ago )
Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case
Prosecutors will have to clear a series of legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if video evidence is available
8:32PM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Casino company to complete Macao Lagerfeld hotel
Macao casino company SJM, which is building a hotel in the Chinese casino capital designed by Karl Lagerfeld, says it's "deeply saddened" by news of his death.
7:33PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Noose knot on Burberry hoodie pulled amid fury
Noose knot on luxury hoodie pulled by Burberry, British luxury powerhouse apologizes amid fury
4:59PM ( 6 hours ago )
Lady Gaga, fiance Christian Carino no longer together
Lady Gaga and her fiance, talent agent Christian Carino, have split up
4:50PM ( 6 hours ago )
Actress Julianne Moore helps unveil sex misconduct policies
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore has helped the Cuomo administration unveil the governor's series of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women in New York
4:33PM ( 6 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
Game changer: Tebow enters Mets camp 'all in' on baseball
Game changer: After making big strides on the diamond last year, former quarterback Tim Tebow arrives at Mets camp 'all in' on baseball
8:19PM ( 3 days ago )
Ichiro back in M's camp at 45 with chance to play at home
Ichiro back in spring training with Mariners at age 45, focused on each day with chance to play MLB games at home in Japan
6:58PM ( 3 days ago )
Luis Severino, Yankees agree to $40M, 4-year contract
Right-hander Luis Severino avoided an arbitration hearing with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $40 million, four-year contract
10:34PM ( 4 days ago )
AP Sports - Major League Baseball
Virginia district split over ending transgender bathroom ban
A Virginia school district that has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban appeared starkly divided at a public forum over the prospect of ending the policy
10:45PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Hiker stuck in quicksand at Utah park feared he would die
An Arizona man whose leg was buried up to his knee in quicksand for several hours in Zion National Park in Utah over the weekend says he thought would lose his leg and might die
10:44PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general
Trump picks Jeffrey Rosen to be next deputy attorney general
10:25PM ( 41 minutes ago )
Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator
Chicago police have investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers questioned in the probe
10:21PM ( 45 minutes ago )
The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 case
A California misdemeanor complaint against Jussie Smollett shows the actor was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother in 2007 when a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence
10:01PM ( 1 hour ago )