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Former Colts Linebacker Clinton Session Lives the Lush Life While Failing to Pay Child Support

Three-year-old Ashton Bradshaw suffers from cerebral palsy and other developmental issues. She’s wheelchair-bound, can’t sit up without a back brace or go to the bathroom by herself, and is nearly blind. Her care costs thousands of dollars each month, much more than Ashton’s 36-year-old mother, Davia Bradshaw, can afford.

It gets worse. Ashton’s father is former Indiana Colts linebacker Clinton Session, who in 2011 landed a $30 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. For the past three years, Davia Bradshaw has been dragging Session — who claims to have no income or even enough money to hire an attorney — to court to pay child support. This past September, a Broward judge ruled Session owed nearly $370,000.

But Bradshaw, who lives in Pompano Beach, says she hasn’t been receiving payments on time or in the full amount. She has lost her apartment and has been forced to stay with family and friends. Her attorney is now requesting the financial records of Session’s parents, Rosetta and Clinton Session. Sometime between 2011 and 2012, they received $5.1 million from their son — a move, Judge Arthur Birken said, to “circumvent and specifically intended to avoid paying his proper child support obligation.”

Rather than pay Bradshaw and her ailing daughter, the grandparents are protesting the order to the appeals court. In a letter sent to the court last month, Rosetta Sessions calls the order an invasion of privacy and says, “I have nothing at all to hide nor [sic] be a shame of.” She even spells her granddaughter’s name wrong.

“She spelled it ‘Aston’ like the car, Aston Martin,” Davia Bradshaw tells New Times.

Rosetta Session did not return a call seeking comment, nor did her attorney, Marlon Bryan.

In the letter, Rosetta Session says her son handed over the multimillion-dollar lump sum as a gift because his parents were so supportive of him growing up in Pompano Beach. “His check clearly states that [it’s] to build parents a home and for being a great dad.”

“It’s certainly ironic that he chose to send them the money after the paternity test but before the results,” Bradshaw says.

Bradshaw reports that Session has provided only $14,000 in the past year. She says that it’s barely enough to cover the baby’s special diet of organic food. “Ashton didn’t even get a gift for Christmas from him or her grandparents,” Bradshaw says.

The past few months have been hard for the single mom. She has had a hard time making ends meet while he recently purchased an $850,000 home in Indianapolis, took a vacation to the Dominican Republic, and started a juice business.

In a court hearing February 12, a judge ruled the grandparents had to release their records. If Session continues nonpayment, he could go to jail, Bradshaw’s attorney, Sara Lawrence, says. “There’s nothing more determined than a mother defending her child,” Lawrence says. “And she is the best mom.”
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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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