Jamal Lewis arrested for failing to pay child support

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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was arrested Tuesday for failing to pay child support (Credit: REUTERS/Joe Giza)

Former NFL running back Jamal Lewis was arrested Tuesday in Georgia for failing to pay child support.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lewis was charged with child abandonment, booked into jail late on Tuesday night and released shortly after midnight Wednesday.

The arrest also details that while Lewis has failed to live up to his financial obligations, he has also not had contact with his son for over a year. This isn’t Lewis’s first brush with the law: He spent most of the 2005 offseason in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges.

Lewis filed for bankruptcy this year, claiming he couldn’t pay his debts even though he had more than $14 million in assets.

Lewis played for the Ravens from 2000 to 2006 and for the Browns from 2007 to 2009. His 10,607 rushing yards rank 21st in NFL history, and his 2,066-yard season in 2003 is the second most prolific rushing season in NFL history.

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