If you’re a fan of unfathomably convoluted legal contracts drawn up to explicitly delineate the nature of a basketball player’s relationship with his model girlfriend after she has an abortion – complete with monetary penalties and a dating deadline – then you’ll want to tune in.
If you’re a fan of former Milwaukee Bucks player JJ Redick, we’re sorry. This is unpleasant news.
According to a Tuesday “World Exclusive” post by gossip website MediaTakeOut.com, Redick and his then-girlfriend Vanessa Lopez drew up an abortion contract in September 2007. In it, essentially, Redick agrees to attempt to stay in a relationship with Lopez for one year after she terminates her pregnancy, as long as she provides medical proof of said termination. And, should Redick fail to comply with the legally binding love contract – or, should we say, if Redick “decides in his sole discretion that he is unable or unwilling to establish and/or maintain the relationship and provides written notice of this decision to Lopez” – well, then, he’s got to pay her $25,000.
Yep, just your standard abortion-with-stipulation-to-stay-together-afterward-under-threat-of-settlement-payment agreement. It’s not just for professional athletes and models. You and your childbearing beloved, too, can swing by the local family law firm just about any afternoon, sign a similarly mind-boggling document and be home in time to catch “The Maury Povich Show.”
Although we were unable to confirm the authenticity of the sensational Redick contract story, MediaTakeOut.com has made a name for itself since 2006 by unearthing celebrity smut. The Redick “World Exclusive” was quickly picked up by Deadspin.com and other blog and media outlets.
The contract, drafted in (where else?) Florida, contains some other noteworthy provisions, including but not limited to: if either of the parties engages in any communication with the other after they’ve (in-writing!) broken up, such interaction will be considered stalking under state law; also, the parties agree to strict and absolute confidentiality regarding the whole situation, which obviously worked out great.
Redick was with the Orlando Magic when the contract was signed in 2007. He played with the Magic until February of 2013, when the Bucks acquired him in a midseason trade hoping his outside sharpshooting would help the team in its playoff run. The trade, criticized by many Bucks fans because it sent talented young forward Tobias Harris to Orlando, was largely a flop. Harris blossomed in Orlando, while Redick had the worst 3-point shooting percentage of his career during his time in Milwaukee. He averaged just 7.3 points as the Miami Heat swept the Bucks out of the playoffs.
In July, on the verge of losing Redick to free agency, the Bucks recouped some of their losses. Redick was shipped to the Los Angeles Clippers in a sign-and-trade deal that netted Milwaukee two second-round draft picks.
For her part, Lopez was involved in another legal hullabaloo with basketball star Shaquille O’Neal in 2010.
Update: Redick, in a series of four tweets sent from his @JJRedick account Wednesday evening, categorically denied the MediaTakeOut.com report.
"I'd like to respond to the outrageous, false and malicious media reports regarding a prior relationship between myself and V Lopez in 2007-"
"Ms Lopez was not and has never been pregnant with a child fathered by me."
"And Ms. Lopez did not and has never terminated a pregnancy of a child fathered by me."
"Continued attention to these lies is severely damaging to myself and my family. Thank you."