Former MSU Football Star Facing Bankruptcy

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Former NFL and Michigan State wide receiver Andre Rison faces a court-ordered bankruptcy to pay more than $105,000 in back child support and other claims.

Terese Dear, a courtroom deputy for U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Flint, said Tuesday that an order was entered June 6 to put Rison into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Rison, a Flint native, has until June 25 to respond to the order before the court proceeds with efforts to recover his assets, Dear said. The Flint Journal reported on the court action Monday.

The former Pro Bowl receiver owes child support, attorney fees and court administrative costs, according to a bankruptcy court petition.

Rison's ex-wife, Tonja Rison of Southfield, is listed as one of the creditors on that petition. Her claim is for more than $58,000 in child support. An Atlanta law office is claiming another $46,000 in unpaid legal fees for seeking child support from Rison for two children by a girlfriend.

The Genesee County friend of the court also is after $400 in administrative fees.

Rison's attorney, David Kallman of Lansing, said Tuesday that he had no comment on the bankruptcy order.

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