This decision wasn't announced on ESPN but rather spread via Twitter in wee hours of 2012.
The sound of wedding bells began to ring with Tweets from Chris Paul - and others - congratulating LeBron James and his long-time girlfriend Savannah Brinson on their engagement. He even semi-Tebowed - getting down on one knee to pop the question.
At least LeBron will finally get a ring. And here's some advice from Mrs. Obnoxious - who just happens to be a family-law attorney with 20-plus years experience - get a prenuptual agreement. "It would be very smart move on his part. He'd be unwise not to have one," she said.
LeBron and his fiancée are high-school sweethearts. There's no reason to believe their marriage won't end in death, as opposed to divorce, but caution doesn't hurt. Mrs. Obnoxious - who is far from it as a lawyer, wife and mom - is licensed to practice law in three states (including Florida). I asked my in-house counsel if LeBron would get to keep his NBA championship ring in a divorce, in the off-chance that he might win one. Would it be the King's ransom if things got ugly?
"If it was something acquired during the marriage, it is presumed to be a marital asset and would be divided equally if there was a divorce - regardless if it was income, real estate or any other property," she said. "So it would be subject to being part of a potential settlement unless it was dealt with in a prenup."
Ouch - imagine beating Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins in the finals only to lose your championship ring to the missus. And you just know if things got bitter - that would be the last thing she'd give up.
LeBron and Savannah have two sons. So does that make her a Baby Momma or LeBron a Baby Daddy? LeBron would be subject to child support if he was not the primary custodial parent - no matter if they were married or not. "You can't deal with child support in a prenup," said Mrs. Obnoxious, who went to law school in Boston and has been a member of the Florida Bar since the days of Rod Rust. Child support in Florida would be based on LeBron's income and his ability to pay - to a point. She pointed out a case in Florida (Finley v. Scott - as in Dennis Scott) where the court ruled that child support payments are limited to a cap based on the reasonable expenses needed to raise a child - regardless of the parent's income.
Kobe's about to be to put through the shredder in his divorce and California is a community property state. Michael Jordan - who just got engaged to Yvette Prieto (a Cuban-born model just 16 years his younger) - coughed up $168 million following the slam dunking of his 17-year marriage to Juanita in 2006.
"My girl, she's very excited," LeBron told the Associated Press Sunday night after he and the Miami Heat beat Charlotte 129-90. "She would love to answer more questions about it than me. But she's happy, my family's happy and that's what it's about."
Gotta believe she's thrilled - we'll see if she signs on the dotted line.
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