For Davia Bradshaw, her situation has gone from bad to worse. At the end of October, the 36-year-old Broward woman lost her apartment, sending the single mom into the houses of friends and family with her 3-year-old daughter, Ashton. The circumstances would have been hard for any small family, but Bradshaw’s daughter is wheelchair-bound due a host of developmental issues, including cerebral palsy.
Bradshaw’s hard knocks are more grating because since 2012, she has been locked in a court battle with the baby’s father, former NFL star and Pompano Beach native Clint Session. The Blanche Ely High graduate was a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite two judges ruling in Bradshaw’s favor, Session still hasn’t paid up for his ailing little girl. Instead, he’s gone on vacation, Bradshaw says.
“I feel that it was a slap in the face,” she tells New Times.
As the paper first reported in July, Bradshaw and Session’s relationship soured soon after Ashton’s birth in 2012. Session — who in 2011 signed a $30 million ($10 million guaranteed) deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars — had only sporadically paid financial support for his daughter, who thanks to her conditions needs regular therapy and medical treatment.
After Bradshaw took Session to court for financial support, Broward Judge Arthur Birken determined the former pro player had hidden his money by giving large sums of cash to his parents. Still, Session was living a lush life, with an $850,000 home in Indianapolis.
The courtroom tussles continued this September, when a hearing was held in the courtroom of Judge Alfred J. Horowitz. On September 30, the judge signed an order allowing Session to challenge the “parental responsibility, timesharing, and parenting plan” set out in the previous judgment. However, the judge ordered that “child support and financial obligations shall remain the same.” On the same day, Horowitz signed a final judgment stating that Session owes $319,306.81 with a 4.75 interest rate.
Despite having two judges rule in her behalf, Bradshaw says she still has not received money from Session — neither the lump sum of back pay nor the monthly funds for Ashton’s care. Nothing in November at all.
Instead, Bradshaw says she’s seen pictures of Session all over social media from a recent vacation to the Dominican Republic. “For him to claim he has no money and then to just go away on vacation, it’s like, ‘Screw vacation,’?” she says. “Ultimately I feel that disrespects my daughter.”
Bradshaw and her attorney filed an emergency petition to the court last Friday. In the meantime, Ashton must go without therapies that would help her condition. Instead, she continues to struggle — and worsen. The girl was recently diagnosed with development dysplasia of the hip, a condition where the bone slips in and out of the socket. “We’re trying to get to use some early-intervention remedies,” Bradshaw says.
Session’s attorney did not return a call for comment.
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