B.J. Askew runs for Michigan in a game against Purdue in 2001. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)
Former University of Michigan and NFL player B.J. Askew is facing a criminal charge for failing to pay more than $267,000 in child support, Attorney General Bill Schuette said Tuesday.
Askew, a fullback for the Wolverines before playing with the New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was arrested Jan. 7 in Hillsborough County, Fla. He was expected to be extradited to Detroit to face one count of felony non-support in Wayne County’s 36th District Court, Schuette’s office said.
A court order was filed in 2005 for Askew to pay child support for his three children in Michigan; monthly payments were set to begin at $2,188.87 in 2006 then rose to $5,127 with his Tampa Bay contract extension, according to Schuette’s office.
“Askew then allegedly made sporadic payments and submitted several arrears payments ranging from $13,058 to $35,310 after failing to pay on time and for the court ordered amount,” Schuette’s office said in a statement. “In 2010, it is alleged that Askew underpaid $107.87 in lieu of a $5,127 monthly payment. Askew allegedly stopped child support payments altogether in November 2012 and has not paid since then.”
Askew was drafted by the Jets in 2003 and signed with the Buccaneers in 2007, but his career was cut short by injuries from a car accident in 2009. According to PewterReport.com, which reports on news about the Buccaneers, Askew in 2008 signed a five-year contract worth $7.6 million with a $1 million signing bonus and a $1 million roster bonus. His base salary in 2008 was $605,000, the site reported.