This article mentions him, but I don't remember him as a Spurs, much less an NBA player:
Mike Cox The Super-Athlete: Avenging Angel or Shameless Self-promoter?
by Anna Frost
Mike Cox is not just Michigan’s Attorney General. With Ms. Prof. Katharine MacKinnon on the Michigan State University team, he’s right in the midst of the perfect storm of the triumph of MacDworkinism, and he ain’t gonna let the prizes to be taken from him by anyone’s team. Not only has he crafted for himself a public image of a “defender of the innocent children and avenger of the good moms against their undeserving former husbands”, apparently he’s also a fierce competitor, a Super-Athlete who wins time and again against Michigan’s former star athletes, IBF boxing champions and Football players alike. What, the puny puke Mike Cox? Yes, sirry, that’s him. Let’s go to the videotape.
Round I: Cox KO’s James Toney
On May 27, 2003 Mike Cox issued a Press Release “ COX V. TONEY - $103K PURSE” and 2 days later Michigan’s local newspapers were playing ever-snappier variations on his subsequent Press Release with a cutesy headline “Cox KO’s Toney”. “This fight was over before it began,” said Cox. “Toney never stood a chance.” – Here we go again! Mike Cox delivers yet another devastating uppercut!
What does the Michigan’s AG have to do with the old blood sport of fist fighting? – It’s simple, my friend: Mike Cox has developed his own one-two-three punch combination: 1) you go to jail, 2) you (or more likely – your relatives and/or friends) pay up a big ransom to stay out of the slammer, 3) Mike Cox goes public with a press release. Mike Cox is now the Dragon Slayer, the Defender and Avenger of poor moms and children, the bigger-than-life household name, Robin Hood, shaking down the moneybag deadbeats, a super-hero bringing home the bacon to single moms, keeping the food on the table. Or is he? The Michigan Family Independence Agency estimates that about 87% of child support debt in Michigan is owed by people below the poverty line, earning less than $10,000 a year, while nationally about 40% of it is owed by folks who failed to find enough employment to earn even $6,500 a year according to the Center for Policy Research.
Once the friends and promoters helped him cough up more than $100,000 in child support arrears allegedly owed to his 10-year-old daughter, James Toney was a free man again. Now, 100 big ones sounds like a nice chunk of change to a great many of us, let alone a 10-year old girl. With wise management $100,000 goes a long way to cover the living expenses of a large family burdened with mortgage, college tuitions, car loans, vacations, tutoring, medical expenses, and then some. And that’s just the arrears. Not everybody in pro boxing earns the fame and fortune of the all-time greats like Mohamed Ali, though just about everybody runs a risk of becoming, like Ali, a victim of Parkinson’s decease, getting maimed for life or even dying in a match they are not qualified or ready to fight. The sports promoters don’t talk about the cumulative effect of hard punches on the head and body, but it’s well known among the pro and amateur boxers. As for Mr. Toney, if he had any plans to quit the dangerous blood sport – the plans are hereby nixed, and he better be ready for the modern day gladiator fights, if he wants to stay out of jail.
Round II: Cox tackles Horatio “Bennie” Blades
On November 25, 2003 Mike Cox had another Press Release: “Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox charged former Detroit Lion Horatio “Bennie” Blades with failure to support his child and desertion-abandonment, both of which are felonies and carry potential prison sentences. Cox stated that in November 1999, Blades was ordered by a court to pay $860 per week for the support of his minor child, yet he failed to comply. As of November 13, 2003, Blades incurred an arrearage in the amount of $298,259.00.” Let’s see, at this rate, by the time his child is at the ripe age of 21, Mr. Blades would have to shell out a cool million dollars, that is if he keeps playing and paying to stay out of jail.
Since less than 2 years that he’s been in office, Cox has launched a self-promoting popularity blitz that has gone ballistic. More and bigger names of sports stars and personalities are fed into his self-aggrandizement propaganda machine. The bigger the name of the “dragon” he slays, the more fame attached to it – the more of it rubs off on Mickey the Mighty Cox, the more famous he becomes, at least in his sick mind.
But Mike Cox isn’t just the top cop in Michigan; he’s also an active lobbyist for ever-tougher laws. Parents who are delinquent on their child support payments today already can be charged with a felony punishable by a maximum of four years in prison and a $2,000 fine. About 12,000 (yep, that’s twelve thousand) inmates in Michigan’s jails already owe an average of about $30,000 per inmate in child support, according to Detroit Free Press, and while their debt accrues at statutory rate and their earnings are about 50 cents a day, they are the Prison Industry’s perpetual cannon fodder. Mike Cox actively lobbied the Michigan’s Legislature in the spring of 2004 to make arrears in child support a felony punishable by a 10-year prison term. Now, thanks to him, a judge is also allowed to order “deadbeat parents” to pay a fine of three times the amount owed if it's more than other fines. No, we are not kidding! It’s 10 years. With hundreds of thousands of Michigan’s unemployed, and tens of thousands in jail, these poor souls are to become the permanent fixtures in Michigan’s prisons. Would they ever be able to egress the vicious circle and stop being used as fodder for Cox’s political aspirations? – Only if they win a Mega Millions lottery.
Round III: Cox slam-dunks William Bedford
Another Press Release by Cox, dated July 23, 2004: “Attorney General Mike Cox Arrests Former Piston for Failure to Pay Child Support. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced today that former Detroit Pistons player William Bedford has been arrested in Texas for failing to pay more than $300,000 in child support.” Typically for Mike Cox, his website presents William Bedford as a man in the lap of luxury with fame and fortune smiling at him: “ Bedford, 40, was traded to the Detroit Pistons in 1987 as Detroit’s first round draft pick in 1988 and played through the Pistons’ 1992 season. He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 1992.” That’s all. That slimy deadbet!
– Gees, if we are to believe Cox, Willie Bedford must be rolling in dough, right? Let’s see what we can find on him outside the Attorney General’s elucidating website. A Sports Illustrated article tells us “the rest of the story”: “ He [Bedford] has struggled with drug addiction, and after brief stints with the Washington Bullets and San Antonio Spurs, he was sentenced to a year in a Texas jail for cocaine use.” Apparently while struggling with post-jail difficulties of finding meaningful basketball-related employment, that’s when Cox nailed him down, real good!
Round IV: Cox decks Andre Rison
Take another of Cox’s widely reported cases, that of Andre Rison, the ex-NFL player and football star who fell on hard times at the end of his NFL career five years ago. The six-foot-two, 190-pound receiver began his pro career with the Indianapolis Colts in 1989. Rison played five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, and finished with the Oakland Raiders in 2000, when he was benched for drug violations.
Not always the poster child for NFL, the “Bad Moon” Rison’ played and lived with passion on and off field, and had a few hard setbacks. In 1994, Rison's then-girlfriend, vocalist Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, member of hip-hop R&B group TLC, set on fire and burned down the couple's Atlanta 1.3 million dollar mansion and was convicted of arson. Andre’s tumultuous, on-again-off-again relationship with her ended, when she died in a car crash, in April 2002, driving in Honduras. Rison ended up suspended for repeat violations of the league's substance abuse policy. As a result he hasn't played since 2000.
Being unemployed and down on his luck did not matter to the courts, and Rison struggled to keep up with his child support payments, set at the peak of his fame and his then red-hot NFL career. It would be reasonable to assume that our “justice” system should reasonably re-adjust such support orders based on the obligor’s earnings and realistic ability to pay. But judges don’t seem to be in a hurry to recognize the simple fact of life that professional sports is not a fairy tale where fame and fortune is guaranteed, like socialized medical care in Cuba, or keeps smiling at the athlete into a ripe age of 60. A downward modification does not happen for 95% of fathers when they lose their jobs, become disabled, get downsized, or fall down on luck, according to Dr. Elaine Sorensen, an economics professor and researcher at T HE U RBAN I NSTITUTE. Though the Family Support Act of 1988 allows non-custodial parents who have had a reduction in income to request a decrease in their child support, our Marxist-feminist judges just wouldn’t follow the law, and downward modifications of support orders remain a legalistic sham.
Now, don’t take us wrong. Children must be supported financially. No two minds about it. But when Mike Cox shakes down an athlete for a few hundred thousand, don’t let him fool you, he is not defending children and widows. His punitive bureaucracy is rewarded on several levels for every dollar he gets, whether legally or otherwise. The state is reimbursed by the federal child support enforcement agency, it receives federal incentive bonuses, and above all – Mike Cox makes another flamboyant, self-glorifying press release, making himself look a super-hero.
But let’s go back to our super-athletes. On May 27, 2004, Attorney General Mike Cox issued another such self-aggrandizing press release. Cox announced that a warrant has been issued for former NFL football star Andre Rison for failure to pay $94,891.22 in back child support. Cox was quoted in Detroit News that he also obtained an FBI fugitive warrant “ because he suspects Rison is living in Georgia, but isn‘t certain.” Despite Cox’s claim that he “wasn’t certain,” journalists had no problem contacting Rison and his agent. Why would Cox talk about an FBI fugitive arrest warrant in a Press Release, no less, if he were concerned that Andre Rison would disappear? To give him a signal to vanish? – No, my friend. Mikey the Mighty Cox just loves to abuse process, federal agencies and regulations, and federal reward moneys his states agencies get in return.
More over, why did Mike Cox go after Andre Rison, at all? The next day after Cox’s announcement, on May-28, 2004 a Detroit News article, which was published right on the heels of Cox’s press release, states: <<>> Why would Cox pretend to be in the dark about Rison’s court agreement on paying his dues? After 4 years of being out of work, the athlete was doing all he could to pay his child support and maintain a relationship with his children. Yet, Cox wanted to arrest him, quite apparently – on false pretenses, and earn some political capital off his arrest.
Mike Cox’s “Pay Kids” foundation (Paykids.com), has been acting a thinly veiled political action committee promoting Mike Cox under the false pretexts of “a charitable” organization. Mike Cox’s name is repeated on each of its many web pages not once, but a few times. Attorney General’s web site does the same. Looks like Mike Cox truly believes that American tax payers must finance his personal career. By the time Mike “the Mighty” Cox decides to go to a higher political office, he’s got it made in terms of name recognition. He’s truly a household name. And the beauty of it all is that federal tax dollars, illegal tax-free “charitable” corporate donations finance his unbridled political campaign. The big name athletes are apparently used, too. Very ingenious, indeed! Whether it is ethical or legal is a different story.
When publicly declaring Andre Rison a “deadbeat” was Cox really unaware of Rison’s prior court-ordered arrangements to pay, which Rison followed? Was he really unaware that Rison’s NFL career was either over or put on hold over four years ago? Or was he deliberately creating an atmosphere of deafening hysteria over child support, of which he’s a direct benefactor? Not surprisingly, under the weight of evidence the judge in Michigan had to dismiss a felony charge against Rison for allegedly failing to pay child support for his 16-year-old son.
Rison is now in Canada where he is playing for the CFL team Toronto Argonauts, in what some say is a desperate mid-life crisis attempt to make a living, while doing the only thing he knows how, and stay one step ahead of Mikey Cox’s child support Gestapo. Others say Andre Rison came to the CFL to kick-start his pro football career. With average CFL player’s weekly salary being around $500 during the season, he’s the proverbial “fat chance” to catch up with those huge support obligations in Michigan and Georgia. Despite that, when interviewed in Toronto, Rison said, “ Me and my kids have a great relationship and will always have that.” He should be commended for his efforts, and we sincerely wish for him that he sails Argo to get the Golden Fleece. He may well need it.
Cox knows or ought to know that Andre Rison is no longer a young, promising star player, that he has been unable to find NFL employment in 4 years and has “fallen on hard times”. Apparently, Cox willingly lied to the Michigan legislature when he testified before them stating, “… the efforts of my child support division are not a witch-hunt against parents who may have lost a job, or fallen on hard times.”
“The Mighty” Cox willingly pulled their leg, when he asked FBI to issue a fugitive arrest warrant for Andre Rison. Cox knew or should have known about the athlete’s prior court-made arrangement to catch up on his payments of child support, and he knew perfectly well Rison was not on the run.
We already know about his tactic of attaching his name to the names of the well-known sports figures. In addition to lying to us and the FBI, Cox callously dealt a heavy blow to Rison’s relationship with his children, perhaps scaring Rison, who was now facing 3 outstanding arrest warrants, from even trying to see his children.
How can the people of Michigan expect to be “secure in their persons, homes, papers, and effects” as the U.S. Constitution guarantees, when their top law enforcement official is consistently acting unethically and illegally, putting his bizarre self-promotion above the law, ethics and all else?
Mikey The Mighty Cox, sux! His true place is on the political graveyard. People, let’s burry him!
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